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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 August, 2004, 11:22 GMT 12:22 UK
MP Widdecombe is BBC agony aunt
Ann Widdecombe
MP Ann Widdecombe is already an agony aunt for The Guardian
Conservative MP Ann Widdecombe is to become an agony aunt for a BBC Two show which will see her travelling the UK trying to solve personal problems.

The six-episode The Widdecombe Project will see the MP intercede in everything from workplace arguments to relationship problems.

The show is expected to be shown on BBC Two next year, a spokeswoman said.

"Ann Widdecombe is a woman of strong opinions who rarely shirks from telling others exactly how they should live."

'Old-fashioned values'

The half-hour show follows on from an agony aunt column called Buck Up! that the MP for Maidstone and The Weald has been writing for The Guardian newspaper since the start of the year.

"Now its time to put Ann's old-fashioned values to the test. How will her blunt, no nonsense philosophy fare against the messy realities of people's personal problems?" the spokeswoman said.

"The series will follow Ann from town to town as she attempts to solve family crises, love quandaries and workplace spats."

The series is one of the first commissions from the new BBC Two controller Roly Keating, who replaced Jane Root as the head of the channel in May.

The programme will be produced by BBC head of factual entertainment David Mortimer, who produced Louis Theroux's BBC Two series Weird Weekends and When Louis Met...

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