Michael Barrymore slams ‘vile documentary that made him feel sick’ on GMB

Michael Barrymore slammed Channel 4 over their recent Stuart Lubbock documentary as he appeared on Good Morning Britain with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid today.

Lubbock’s mysterious death was recently re-examined in the Channel 4 documentary Barrymore: The Body in the Pool.

The 31-year-old was found dead in the swimming pool of Barrymore in Essex in 2001.

At the time, Emergency services in Essex received a call saying: “A fella has drowned in the pool We have got him out.

“There’s a party going on and someone has just gone out and found him. I think the geezer’s dead mate.”

Essex police have now admitted that “crime scene mistakes” were made during the investigation, which remains open to this day.

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When asked by Piers if he was able to watch controversial documentary, Michael, 67, said: "I watched as much of it as I could.

"It started to get vile and vicious… I started to feel sick."

Interrupting, Michael's lawyer who joined him on the show said: "It was a very one-sided piece.

"Two months before the documentary aired they approached Michael life and told him it was a celebration of his life and his victimisation of the press."

He claimed after Michael decided not to take part the producers "then they made a different type of documents".

Fighting back tears, Michael said: "The only reason I got through the last 19 years is the support from fans and my close mates.

"They grew up with me. They know I'm not a wrong-un."

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In a statement to GMB Channel 4 said: "The documentary was balance and deplored Mr Barrymore and the Lubbock family's treatment by the press.

"In accordance with the Ofcom Broadcasting code, Mr Barrymore was given a fair opportunity to respond to signifiant allegations and his position was fairly reflected own the documentary."

"Channel 4 looked at an earlier proposal for a documentary with Mr Barrymore’s participation, however after further research the programme was not commissioned.

"In 2018, Channel 4 commissioned an independent documentary based on the Leveson court case and in conjunction with the Lubbock family to re-examine what happened the night of Stuart’s death."

Speaking in a historic clip re-aired on Channel 4's documentary, Michael said: "There was no sex in the house that night, there was no orgy… not that I was aware of… at all.

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"I just hope that they understand that. It was just another night that went terribly wrong."

Speaking in the documentary in the present day, a member of Essex police said: "I believe somebody at that party knows what happened, that is completely and utterly a fact."

Barrymore, now 67, and two other men – his ex-lover Jonathan Kenney and dustman Justin Merritt – were arrested and later released without charge, and police say the three have not been "completely eliminated" from inquiries.

Five others who were at the party that night – Merritt’s younger sister Kylie, chef James Futers, and locals Simon Shaw, Claire Jones, then 17, and Kelly Campbell – have also not been eliminated, according to police, "who say that one or more of the eight at the party was responsible for Stuart's death".

They have not publicly commented on the allegations.

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