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Bill Turnbull documentary to air on Thursday

Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive to be shown from 10pm on Channel 4.

21 October 2019

Channel 4/Pete Dadds

A documentary following Chairboys fan Bill Turnbull through his treatment for cancer will air on Channel 4 on Thursday evening (24th October) from 10pm.

In 2017, Bill was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer after filming The Great Celebrity Bake Off for Stand Up To Cancer. Bill, like many others, chose to ignore the early warning signs and by the time he went to his doctor, the cancer had spread from his prostate to his bones. He then made the decision to go public in the hope of encouraging more men to get checked.

In an intimate new film, the crew follow Bill over a year as he undertakes a gruelling course of chemotherapy, celebrates the love and support he receives from family, friends and fans, tries cannabis for medicinal purposes and adopts a healthier diet.

Along the way, Bill meets old friends including his former Breakfast TV co-host Sian Williams, radio presenter Nick Robinson and broadcaster Stephen Fry as they share their cancer notes and watch him throw himself back into work commentating on his beloved Wycombe Wanderers and presenting on Classic FM.

With the unfailing support of his wife Sesi and their children Henry, Will and Flora by his side, Bill acknowledges that “perhaps the most important medicine of all is to have love in your life".

Bill will also be on BBC Breakfast on Tuesday and The One Show on Thursday.

Bill Turnbull: Staying Alive, Thursday 24th October, 10pm, Channel 4

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