Sheridan Smith is to play cancer blogger Lisa Lynch in a BBC1 film based on her hit book The C Word.
The 90-minute adaptation of Lynch’s account of her experience of cancer – based on her popular blog which was launched shortly after her diagnosis in 2008 – will air next year.
Lynch was also involved in choosing Smith to play her shortly before she died in 2013 aged just 33.
Adapted by Nicole Taylor, whose work on the film was also done in close consultation with Lynch, the film has been described by the BBC as a “defiant, ballsy account which captures the no-nonsense and witty style of Lisa’s writing and personality”.
The film begins when Lynch is first diagnosed with breast cancer aged just 28 and newly married to Pete.
Sheridan Smith added: “Lisa first contacted me via Twitter, and we quickly became friends. She called me SS and I called her LL. Her zest for life was infectious and I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn’t help but love her. That’s why I want to tell her story. For Pete, for her family and for everyone who’s lives are touched by cancer. I’m so sad that Lisa won’t get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it. I’m honoured and humbled that she wanted me to play her on screen, and I hope that I will make her proud.”
Susan Hogg, executive producer, BBC Drama Production said: “One in three of us will receive a cancer diagnosis in our life time – everyone will be touched by it. Sometimes a voice makes itself heard which manages to encapsulate our universal experience. Lisa Lynch is one of those; accessible, irreverent, hilarious voices which can help us to find the energy to cope when it seems impossible. The C Word is a magical love story of a young couple, their families, and life itself. “