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The C Word (2015)

A woman writes a blog about her experience with terminal cancer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Lisa Lynch
... Pete Lynch
... Sara
... Jack
Marcus Griffiths ... Pete's Colleague
... Gabby
... Abigail
... Sam
... Consultant
... Ian McFarlane
... Jane McFarlane
Nate Fallows ... Jamie McFarlane
Chrissie Cotterill ... Nurse
... Anaesthetist
... Mary - Chemo Nurse
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In 2008 28-year old magazine editor Lisa Lynch and her husband of eighteen months Pete are planning a Stateside visit when Lisa discovers a lump on her breast. Friends do not think it serious but on doctor's advice she visits a specialist. She has cancer though it is believed to be operable with Lisa also undergoing chemotherapy, resulting in hair loss. Referring to the illness as The Bullsh*t Lisa starts an online journal, which she calls Alright Tit, and which her friends encourage her to turn into a public blog, writing about the cancer wittily and with no self-pity. In 2011 a second operation is required and Lisa passes away two years later, surrounded by the ever supportive Pete and her family. However her legacy is the blog, published in book form as The C-Word, which has given hope and comfort to many other cancer patients. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Once Lisa Lynch knew that the BBC were going to adapt her book into a TV Film she contacted Sheridan Smith via Twitter and asked her to play her on screen. Lisa told her that she was the only actress for the job. They subsequently became friends. See more »

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Featured in BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016) See more »

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A strong word
3 May 2015 | by See all my reviews

The C Word is a one off television film based on the book and blog writings of Lisa Lynch who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 and died in 2013 at the age of just 33.

Lynch worked closely with the adaptation of this BBC film until she died and suggested that Sheridan Smith portray her.

Sheridan gives a moving portrayal of a newlywed fighting the disease with honesty, bravery and some humour. Her blog gave aid and comfort to many others.

I think some of the worse aspects of the side effects of chemotherapy were sanitised for the screen. The reality is a lot worse and I think the financial pressures they would had faced although touched on probably was more of a worry to them in reality.

I would not say the film is affirming, you could kind of guess from some scenes regarding her recovery that this was going to have a grim ending but its the journey that counts.

I think its a certainty that Sheridan Smith will be up for more awards.


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