FORMER BBC Breakfast host Bill Turnbull tries cannabis as part of a moving documentary exploring treatments available for cancer sufferers.
Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive chronicles his life since a 2017 prostate cancer diagnosis.
A TV insider said: “This documentary shows Bill’s willing to do anything in a bid to beat the disease.
“In this case it includes him trying a treatment which is considered unconventional — and even controversial. But there is much more to the show, including showing the effect his cancer has had on his family.”
The documentary, which airs next month on Channel 4, comes after Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker made another programme for the channel about their fight to stem the severe epilepsy of their son, Max.
They looked at how he could be helped by cannabis oil, one of several cannabis-derived products which can be prescribed by specialist doctors.
The Parkers were over-whelmed by the support that followed — and saw an improvement in Max’s condition, too.
As part of Staying Alive, Bill interviews political reporter Nick Robinson, newsreader Sian Williams and Renaissance man Stephen Fry, who’ve all battled cancer, too.
But it also includes lighter moments and a message of hope as he throws himself back into work in a bid to take control of his life again.
My dad Keith was diagnosed with prostate cancer last year. And after us all, initially, fearing the worst, he has beaten it. I am keeping everything crossed that Bill and his family manage to get to a similar conclusion.
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It’s the easy life for Ricky
HE may play a man mourning the loss of his partner, but Ricky Gervais looks like he’s having hoot as he films the second series of After Life.
The Office star was seen shooting scenes in North London with Joe Wilkinson and Roisin Conaty.
Ricky Gervais and Joe Wilkinson were snapped filming the second series of After Life[/caption]
Joe also filmed scenes for the Netflix sitcom with Roisin Conaty in North London[/caption]
The sitcom is expected to be out on Netflix next year.
As filming started on Monday, Ricky won Best Comedy at the TV Choice Awards for the first series.
He said: “The second series is always better, usually because you know the actors.
“There’s a little clue at the end of series one when he says, ‘I’m just going to use my superpower for good.’ He can still be an a*****e and just enjoy it more.”
ADRIAN Dunbar could have been Adrienne Dunbar if things had worked out differently. At the TV Choice Awards, the Line Of Duty legend said: “I’ll have a late drink, I like anything fizzy. I was a girl in another life.”
Celebs take on Hegerty
AFTER the runaway success of Anne Hegerty’s Britain’s Brightest Family, ITV will screen a celebrity version of the show.
The all-star specials were filmed earlier this year and see famous faces quizzed by The Chase brainbox.
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In one episode, interior designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is joined by wife Jackie and their two kids as they battle to prove their knowledge.
A telly source said: “The celeb version of the show is set to air around the same time as I’m A Celebrity is back, with Anne – who was a favourite in the jungle camp last year – in the seat as host.
“Celebrities up for the challenge will be out to prove they and their family have the brains to take the crown. It will also offer them a chance to show a different side to their public persona.
“It is a feel-good family show which will be broadcast prime-time.”
ANGELA Griffin reckons she wouldn’t be able work on Corrie these days – because of the extra episodes. Angela, who played Fiona Middleton 20 years ago, said: “I was only used to three-minute scenes, the hours are so long now.”
WHAT? Who Do You Think You Are? BBC1, 9pm.
WHY? Former Towie personality-turned-TV presenter Mark Wright delves into his family tree and discovers his relatives are actually from his beloved Costa del Sol.
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