Jonnie Irwin announces TV return after terminal cancer diagnosis
The presenter made a long-awaited return to Escape to the Country.
Viewers of Escape to the Country were in for a treat yesterday (Monday 25th September) after presenter Jonnie Irwin made a return to the countryside show and small screen.
Irwin's appearance as presenter on the BBC series is long-awaited for fans, after Irwin shared the news that he has terminal lung cancer, which has since spread to his brain.
Although it's been a while since TV viewers have seen Irwin on our screens, the presenter previously announced the happy news on his Instagram, writing: "Good news to start the week, there’s a brand new episode of @escape_country airing tomorrow on @bbcone at 3 pm and it’s one of mine!
"I head down to Somerset and look at some fantastic rural properties in some beautiful locations. Plus, I also get to visit a cider farm - perks of the job. Hope you enjoy!" The episode was shot last autumn.
According to the synopsis for the release, which is now available to watch on BBC iPlayer: "The magnificent colours of autumn are on full display in Somerset as Jonnie Irwin helps a retired couple from Reading find their perfect property.
"Whilst in the county, Jonnie also visits a centuries-old cider farm and enjoys sampling a few of their fruity tipples."
The presenter, who is also known for fronting A Place in the Sun, was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer in 2020, announcing the news last November to tell fans that it has since spread to his brain.
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Speaking to Good Morning Britain at the time, he said that he decided to go public "to empower people in my position and to educate those without cancer", saying: "Treat us normally, treat us with respect."
He stated that he initially kept his illness private "because professionally, I didn’t want to lose work, but also socially and emotionally, people treat you differently and people start making decisions for you".
"If I withheld that information, I found I could live a normal life right up until a year ago," he added.
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