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Piers Morgan interview with Gordon Brown attracts 4.2m

Gordon Brown
Gordon Brown has generally avoided talking about his family

Piers Morgan's celebrity-style interview with Prime Minister Gordon Brown was watched by 4.2 million viewers on ITV1 on Sunday night.

During the show, Mr Brown spoke openly about the death of his newborn daughter Jennifer, and the leadership deal that was struck with Tony Blair.

The audience peaked at 5.2 million at the start, slipping to 3.6 million.

About 2.5 million watched Great British Journeys on BBC One during the same time slot.

Dancing on Ice - The Skate Off, which preceded the Prime Minister's interview, attracted 7.4 million viewers on ITV1.

Piers Morgan's Life Stories usually features more celebrity-driven interviews, with previous guests including Katie Price, Sharon Osbourne and Dannii Minogue.

'Open book'

During his chat, Mr Brown talked about his family, including young son Fraser - who has cystic fibrosis.

With his wife Sarah in the audience, the Prime Minister appeared close to tears when talking about Jennifer, who died just 10 days after she was born.

Asked if the interview was an attempt to grab votes with a general election weeks away, Mr Brown told BBC News: "I do think people have a right to know who you are, where you come from, what you are trying to achieve."

He said he was an "open book", adding: "If people have questions to ask me I will answer them."

As an interview it stank
Iain Dale, Tory blogger

But he said he would continue to "guard" his sons from publicity, saying: "You will not see any photographs of my children."

There are reports that the Conservative Party is in talks with ITV to secure a high-profile interview for David Cameron, although it is thought it will not be with Piers Morgan.

Asked about the Gordon Brown programme at a press conference, Mr Cameron said he had seen it and he thought it was a "good thing".

"I think it is a thoroughly sensible thing to do. I am not sure Piers Morgan is going to be in line for a Pulitzer Prize in terms of the questioning but in terms of opening yourself up I think it's a good thing to do," said Mr Cameron.



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