GOGGLEBOX legends Pete and Lynne McGarry stepped in to settle a prisoner’s drug debt to "save his life".
The Sun can reveal the pair got involved after receiving a call from their son George Gilbey who was behind bars for drink-driving.
He told them the life of the inmate, who Pete and Lynne had previously fostered, was in danger following a brutal attack in HMP Chelmsford.
George, 35, said: “His jaw was hanging off his face over a £20 drugs-debt which he’d managed to get saddled with.
“I had to get involved. I called mum and said ‘can you put twenty quid’ in his account’.
"It sorted things out – but the next day he went and bought loads more. Drugs were everywhere in the prison.”
Pete and Lynne also sent boxer shorts to prisoners when George explained many didn’t have the money to buy them.
George – a finalist in Celebrity Big Brother – opened up about life behind bars in a new podcast called A Bit Of A Stretch (please keep in)
In it he admits to getting plastered on the day he was jailed last year.
“I knew I was going down,” he said. “I’d been told that if I turned up drunk to prison I’d end up on a drugs and alcohol rehab wing with my mates. So during a break in my court case I went across the road and drank two bottles of wine and a double vodka."
Describing how drugs were rife in the Essex prison where classic-comedy Porridge was filmed he added: "I could get anything within an hour – from class A’s to Class D’s. I’d have been on them every day if I’d been sentenced to a ten-year stretch."
George says fellow prisoners recognised him and some even thought he was an undercover TV reporter.
But he insists his bad-days are behind him and he's explained what he did to his four-year-old daughter.
“I told her Daddy did something that was wrong and the police had to come and take me to do some work in the prison,” he said.
“She cuddled me and said: ‘Alright daddy I don’t mind you going to work – but don’t do it again’. I was a stupid boy but I don’t plan to go back inside.”
Over the past two decades, Lynne and Pete and fostered more than 70 children.
Talking about being a foster parent, Lynn said in the past: "it’s enhanced our lives so much.
"It’s very rewarding. I’ve just loved doing it. I always say all you need to be a foster parent is a spare room, a sense of humour and a good heart.
“I’ve just brought them up as my own. On Mother’s Day I get so many phone calls. They don’t forget you. A lot still regard me and Pete as their parents.”
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