An inquiry has been announced in Britain into reality television after the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show by ITV, following the death of one of its guests.

The confrontational talk show was suspended indefinitely by the broadcaster on Monday after 63-year-old Steve Dymond died, a week after a programme featuring him was filmed.

The show has now ended for good following calls for it to be cancelled from MPs and members of the public.

ITV has also faced scrutiny over its support for reality show participants following the deaths of former Love Island contestants Sophie Gradon and Mike Thalassitis.

The inquiry into reality TV will be carried out by MPs on the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) committee.

The House of Commons panel will consider production companies' duty of care to participants taking part in reality shows and explore whether enough support is offered both during and after filming.

DCMS committee chairman Damian Collins said: "ITV has made the right decision to permanently cancel The Jeremy Kyle Show. However, that should not be the end of the matter.

"Programmes like The Jeremy Kyle Show risk putting people who might be vulnerable on to a public stage at a point in their lives when they are unable to foresee the consequences, either for themselves or their families.

"This kind of TV featuring members of the public attracts viewing figures in the millions but in return for ratings, the broadcasters must demonstrate their duty of care to the people whose personal lives are being exposed.

"With an increasing demand for this type of programming, we'll be examining broadcasting regulation in this area - is it fit for purpose?"

The UK's media regulator, Ofcom, has said that despite the cancellation of The Jeremy Kyle Show it will still review the findings of ITV's inquiry into the episode in question carefully.

In a statement, Ofcom said: "While ITV has decided to cancel the programme, its investigation into what happened is continuing and we will review the findings carefully.

"It's vital that people taking part in reality and factual shows are properly looked after. We're examining whether more can be done to safeguard the welfare of those people, similar to the duty of care we have in the Broadcasting Code to protect under-18s.

"Any changes must be helpful and effective, so we'll speak to programme participants, broadcasters, producers and psychologists before finalising any new guidance."