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A TV channel in the UK is under [firing / fire] from members of the public for one of its programmes that follows the lives of [couplets / couples] with a big age difference. Viewers have accused the Channel 5 [series / cereal] Age Gap Love of "normalising grooming". The complaints came [post / after] a show that documented the relationship of a couple [who / whose] got together when the man was 44 and his partner was 16. The man was [originally / original] a friend of the 16-year-old's mother. He became [friendliness / friendly] with the daughter when she was a child and started dating her when she [turns / turned] 16. After this episode was [aired / airy] , the channel received a flood of complaints from viewers who slammed the show for "making this [conceptual / concept] seem normal".

The couple in the [showing / show] are married and have two children. He is now 47 and she is 19. The man said: "I was [concerned / cornered] what people would think. It's a big gap. It's a [generation / generator] gap. So it's like, what are people going to think?" His wife also [spoken / spoke] about the relationship. She said: "The age doesn't really [bother / bothering] me. It never has done. I don't see him as an [olden / old] man, or my dad, or anything like that. He's just [sensitive / sensitively] - like a big teddy bear." She added: "I've always wanted to have a family, so I just thought he would be the [perfection / perfect] man." Life has not been easy for the couple. When they first started dating, they received a [lot / lots] of abuse from neighbours and the local community and had to move to [other / another] city.

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