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Laura Whitmore explores a shocking subject in a new ITV documentary series

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LAURA WHITMORE’s unlikely transformation from Love Island presenter to hard-hitting documentary filmmaker is underway.

I can reveal that the subject of her first research is incels – an online movement of men who believe women are to blame for their lack of sexual intimacy.

The Irish presenter is set to host three episodes as part of a series on new streaming platform ITVX, in which she has been excited about returning to her “journalistic roots”.

Laura says, “One of the themes I’ve explored with the new series is incels. I didn’t know much about this community apart from a few high profile cases in the media.

“Meeting Incels and trying to understand the ideology has left me both intrigued and at times frightened and shocked.”

Laura left Love Island in August after presenting three series following the death of the ITV2 show’s original presenter, Caroline Flack.

She admitted that there were “elements of the show that I found very difficult” when announcing her departure, hinting at potential creative differences.

Perhaps the content in Laura Whitmore Investigates is more valuable — and insight into Incels will certainly tick that box.
The rise of the incel movement has been blamed for a number of well-documented hate crimes.

In 2021, 22-year-old Jake Davison killed himself after shooting five people, including his mother, in his hometown of Plymouth after subscribing to Incel-related content online.

Laura will investigate what should be done to contain the movement.

Something different than asking, “What’s your type on paper?”

DENISE VAN OUTEN says she was the worst weather presenter ever on TV in her early days at Big Breakfast.

She lied that she had taken a meteorology class to improve her credentials during an interview for the job.

Speaking on Channel 4’s Big Narstie show tonight, she admits she called ITN in the morning to get the weather report so she could repeat it on air.

She adds, “It got to the point where I was such a damn weather girl that I just flew around in the chopper — if you want to know what the weather is like, just look out your window.”

But Denise was offered the main job hosting Johnny Vaughan six weeks later after she was a hit in the sky.

A CHEERLEADING coach, a BMX rider and a magician are among the contestants in Claudia Winkleman’s new psychological reality show.

In The Traitors, 22 strangers compete for £120,000 by playing a game of detection, cunning and trust in a Scottish castle.

Hiding among them are the traitors who are tasked with “murdering” a player every night without getting caught. It’s up to the others – the Faithfuls – to find out who the traitors are and banish them.

Survivors have a chance to win the money, but if a traitor goes undetected, they take the money.

The BBC1 series begins Tuesday at 9.30pm.

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