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JODI'S LOVELY LETTERS BBC1, 7.30pm JODI BICKLEY started writing letters when she was just five years old. Ever since, Jodi, from Birmingham, has written letters and notes to strangers, leaving them on buses, in coffee shops or in shopping centres for people to find.

But a string of medical problems, including encephalitis, ME, depression and anxiety, led to Jodi - pictured above - having suicidal thoughts.

The 28-year-old says: "I just didn't want to be here. So I counted all my tablets out and started preparing to kill myself."

Fortunately an app pinged a cheerful message that made her laugh, and Jodi had the epiphany that she could do the same for others.

She set up her website, One Million Lovely Letters, in 2013 to help those in need. Anyone can request a letter via email - she's written 4,000 since then, and has 8,000 requests in her inbox.

But as she tells Aled Jones in this inspiring film, she won't stop until she's written a million.

LOVE ISLAND: THE LIVE FINAL ITV2, 9pm THIS shiny, beautiful, perfectly tanned reality show - hosted by Caroline Flack, right - is a perplexing phenomenon.

On the face of it, who really wants to watch a clutch of identikit airheads stress out over a text message or ponder how soon to have sex with each other? Not me to be honest.

But cards on the table, it is strangely gripping - if only to stare in awe at their marvellous abs - and it has captured the attention of the nation.

Perhaps, at a time of political unrest and bad news, it has fulfilled a need for something brainless.

However we should remember, this is a competition, a game show - and one cool couple will tonight pick up a giant cheque for PS50,000.

Amid the heartbreak, the angst, the bitching, the falling out, the making up and the getting dumped, a long game has been played. Perhaps they are not so brainless after all...

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