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Parkinson’s: The Funny Side

Parkinson’s: The Funny Side, Thursday May 5, BBC 2, 7.00pm

Comedy writer Paul Mayhew-Archer goes in search of a cure for Parkinson’s disease, a condition he was diagnosed with in 2011

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Paul writes about it –

Hello – I used to write The Vicar of Dibley and recently made a documentary about my life with Parkinson’s – Parkinson’s: The Funny Side.

The programme was shown on BBC 1 last month and I was absolutely overwhelmed by the response. Here are a few of the comments:

“Absolutely brilliant programme, explained so much about Parkinson’s.”

“Watched this online last night, I can really relate to it, especially the cold coffee left everywhere and even the chocolate.”

“Very good programme with the right balance of information and humour, which would be an excellent introduction for friends and family.”

“Very heartwarming and humbling…..made me laugh and made me cry.”

I also met a man at a petrol station who shook my hand and congratulated me on a wonderfully informative programme. “I knew almost nothing about Alzheimer’s beforehand,” he said. Oh well – can’t win them all!

Can you help? It would be wonderful if you could forward the link to this webpage to other people with Parkinson’s, friends and relatives, and ask them to pass the message on.

The message is – Please watch and/or record Parkinson’s: The Funny Side

Tweet about it if you can, using #parkinsonsin1 – if we get enough tweeting going on at that late hour we could get the programme “trending”.

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