It has been almost three years since Steve Dymond was found dead at his home following a recording of The Jeremy Kyle Show.
The 63-year-old from Portsmouth had gone on the program to take part in a lie detector test to show he had not been cheating on his fiancée, Jane Callaghan, from Gosport, from whom he had recently split.
A Channel 4 documentary titled Death on Daytime will examine the circumstances around the unaired episode and will talk to guests, loved ones and whistle-blowers involved with the series.
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The program will also reveal some of the final messages sent by the Hampshire resident before his death on May 9, 2019. Following the death of Mr Dymond, the ITV show was axed after a 14-year run, with presenter Kyle saying he was ” utterly devastated”.
In a lengthy statement, ITV has said: “The show had extensive, detailed duty of care processes in place for contributors built up over 14 years.
“Should they require ongoing help appropriate solutions were found. Due to the gravity of events in May 2019, ITV decided to end production of the show. It would not be appropriate to comment further on that in advance of the inquest this month. ITV does not accept the central allegation of this program of a ‘bad culture’ within the production team. ITV would never condone any of its production staff misleading or lying to guests.
“All guests were aware of the nature of the show and the presenter’s style before taking part. All guests gave their informed consent, in writing, to take part. Since 2018 ITV has taken significant steps in relation to its duty of care of participants. “
A full inquest into the death of Steve Dymond is yet to take place, but at a pre-inquest hearing at Winchester Crown Court in November 2020, area coroner Jason Pegg confirmed that the 63-year-old had died of a morphine overdose and heart problem. He also confirmed that Jeremy Kyle has been made an ‘interested persons’ in the case, with the coroner ruling that potentially an act from the presenter “may have caused or contributed to” the death.
In a statement ahead of the documentary Channel 4 said: “Jeremy Kyle was approached for a response to the series. He did not provide a statement for broadcast. We will reflect his position in the film.”
* The two-part documentary Jeremy Kyle Show – Death on Daytime starts on Sunday at 9pm on Channel 4.
You don’t have to suffer in silence if you’re struggling with your mental health. Here are some groups you can contact when you need help:
Samaritans: Phone 116 123, 24 hours a day, or email [email protected], in confidence
Childline: Phone 0800 1111. Calls are free and won’t show up on your bill
PAPYRUS: A voluntary organization supporting suicidal teens and young adults. Phone 0800 068 4141
Depression Alliance: A charity for people with depression. No helpline but offers useful resources and links to other information on its website
Students Against Depression: A website for students who are depressed, have low mood, or are suicidal. Click here to visit
Bullying UK: A website for both children and adults affected by bullying. Click here
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): For young men who are feeling unhappy. Has a website here and a helpline: 0800 58 58 58
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