Sheridan Smith, Paul Nicholls and Rebekah Staton star in the first look at BBC1’s The C-Word, the extraordinary true story of cancer blogger Lisa Lynch.
The two-minute clip is a light-hearted introduction to what is set to be a powerful watch. We see Lisa (Sheridan Smith) and a group of mates having beers in a pub garden, plans for road-trips around America being discussed, and reminders of friends’ weddings and work deadlines. The kind of things that concern a lot of us, a lot of the time.
And then one of Lisa’s friends asks her a question about the lump in her breast, and the happy, sun-soaked scene takes on a new significance in the light of what we know: Lisa is soon to be diagnosed with what will end up being terminal breast cancer.
The C Word, which is set to air this Sunday, tells the story of newly-married Lisa Lynch, who at the age of 28 was diagnosed with breast cancer and decided to write a funny, ballsy and incredibly candid blog about her experiences.
The drama is adapted from her book, which was based on blog entries. Lisa worked closely with screenwriter Nicole Taylor on the adaptation, and was involved in casting Smith to play her shortly before she died in 2013.