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Ant Miller Ant Miller | 12:50 UK time, Wednesday, 19 May 2010


This is just to let you know that unfortunately Ian Forrester, Senior Development Producer of BBC Backstage was taken ill last week and is now recuperating in Hope Hospital in Salford.

At the moment he is in a serious but stable condition and is being well cared for by the staff at Hope and his family.

For those who want to pass on their messages the Message for Ian Google form is here.

[Edit 04/06/10] Now that Ian's family have set up the Caring Bridge site we're recommending that people wanting to drop him a line use that channel instead.

Flowers aren't allowed in ICU, but cards are, and can be sent to:

Ian Forrester
c/o Intensive Care Unit
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Stott Avenue
M6 8HD

We will keep you updated when we hear anything more but until then we hope that you can have Ian in your thoughts and let his other close friends know.

Dr Adrian Woolard

[In Ian's hopefully short absence I'll be looking after this blog- Ant Miller]


  • 1. At 1:25pm on 19 May 2010, MAMK wrote:

    The Geek Universe has banded together and is sending special WiFi healing powers to you Ian! We are all here for you!

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  • 2. At 2:52pm on 19 May 2010, Julian Field wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 3. At 01:42am on 20 May 2010, Sarah wrote:

    Ian's family are so grateful for all the get well messages that are pouring in from all over the world. His mum has been reading them out to him today, please keep them coming!

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  • 4. At 09:58am on 20 May 2010, Ant Miller wrote:


    I really appreciate the intent of your post, and we're grateful for your good wishes, but we really are asking that speculation on Ian's medical condition isn't posted here. For that reason we've redacted your comment. I hope you appreciate that there's no ill will in this, and we'd welcome a revised comment.


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  • 5. At 2:34pm on 24 May 2010, Ant Miller wrote:


    This is just a short update to let you know that since last we posted Ian condition has continued to improve. We're all delighted to have heard that over the weekend he's come out of sedation, and that he's responding well to family.

    Ian's family have set up a Caringbridge [http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/ianforrester] site where you can follow his recovery- we'd ask all visitors to the site to respect the sensitivity of sharing the space with his family and closest friends.

    Thanks again for the wonderful flood of messages of support for Ian and his family- they've been a great support for his family, and Ian was really touched when they were read to him,




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  • 6. At 3:42pm on 21 Jun 2010, Ant Miller wrote:

    Great news- Ian is now out of hospital and is recuperating with his parents back in Somerset. He's online occasionally, but in so far as Backstage goes, I'll be continuing to host this website and the various other online elements of the service for the present.

    He's been very moved as have we all by your messages of support, and I'm sure will be in touch himself before too long. So, from Ian and all his colleagues here in R&D, thanks.

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  • 7. At 07:42am on 13 Jul 2010, aberclombie wrote:

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the House Rules.

  • 8. At 1:51pm on 13 Sep 2010, Jeremy Stersky wrote:

    That's great Ian- you're really doing fantastic work. I'm not a music aficionado but I'm a bingo writer. Keep on jamming with all the great work you're doing. I'm happy to read this post and I'm a bingo player from Taunton. I've been to Somerset in the old days -beautiful cricket club there.

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  • 9. At 05:09am on 28 Sep 2010, kathrynsias wrote:

    Google TV? Wow! I really learn so much from the posts on BBC. Thanks all!

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