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Podcast Guests: Damian and Helen Discuss FeedNHS Efforts on The Coronavirus Newscast – April 9, 2020

The Coronavirus Newscast

by Gingersnap | | April 9, 2020

Every day, Adam Fleming, Laura Kuenssberg, Fergus Walsh and Chris Mason bring us the latest on the coronavirus pandemic in the UK via the The Coronavirus Newscast. They discuss the latest public health information and how it is affecting our lives. On Thursday, April 9, 2020 Damian and Helen were guests on the podcast to share with listeners about their #FeedNHS campaign and their efforts to feed frontline heroes, hospital staff.

Listen here at about 21:30 in.

Here are some soundbites and highlights in transcription form:

The Daily Mail transcribed more here:

The Peaky Blinders actress, 51, and Homeland star, 49, have claimed that everyone in that sector must have known that the ‘next great global threat’ would be a pandemic.

Talking on BBC’s Coronavirus Newscast podcast from their home, Damian said: ‘There have been movie scripts like this, and there have been novels written like this.’

‘Thirty years ago they seemed like sci-fi and they were sort of dystopian, futuristic novels. But within the last ten years, everybody has known.’

‘This is what is slightly frustrating and you don’t want to throw stones at a time like this, but everyone in that sector must have known, must have been aware that the next great global threat was going to come from a pandemic.’

‘A virus spread through air travel around the world simultaneously. In fact, many experts have been saying that.’

Helen also added that she would have turned a film script about the coronavirus down before the pandemic as she would have found it ‘too far-fetched’.

The mother-of-two also candidly spoke about how they’re dealing with lockdown and admitted that she sometimes randomly ‘bursts into tears’.

She said: ‘We’re all doing our bit and not going out. But you feel responsible, you know you’re watching the news, we’re all reading it, we’re all finding out what’s happening over the world, and it’s so overwhelming.’

‘It sort of seems, as Damian says, it’s fantastical. You think you’re absolutely fine, you’re pottering along, you’re coping with it. Cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking, cleaning, cooking. And you suddenly burst into tears.’

‘And it’s this fear, and it’s the vulnerability coming out, and then you pick yourself up and you go along again as if nothing happened. And it’s very surreal.’

Yet despite the ‘overwhelming’ moments, Damian joked that Helen has started a ‘TV affair’ with Alan Partridge.

He quipped: ‘She’s going to love me saying this. She is having a TV screen affair with Steve Coogan. Coogan, if you’re out there, hands off. You’re a mucky pup!’

With Helen joking: ‘A man who can make you laugh! Alan Partridge. Good stuff. Anything he’ll give me…’

‘I have met him and he literally flinches when he sees me like he would anybody who you actually have an injunction against.’