In 1996 Belfast woman Deirdre Kee captured the imagination of the country as she allowed TV cameras to follow every step of her treatment for breast cancer. Deirdre had contacted the BBC when she fell ill with the ground-breaking idea of using television to put across her inspirational message.
Her story is revisited in What Happened Next, a new series which visits memorable documentaries from BBC Northern Ireland to examine the impact of the original shows and look at their aftermath.
Deirdre was the subject of two documentaries; the first was a practical journey dealing with her fight against the disease, the second was a spiritual journey looking at the effect that her illness had on those around her.
Deidre never lived to see the second programme. She died in June, 1998. However in telling her story in such a candid and unflinching manner Deidre helped to smash many of the taboos surrounding breast cancer, in the process becoming an inspiration for fund raisers and campaigners.
What Happened Next? – A Woman in Twelve hears from those who were involved including her younger sister Bronagh, the specialist who treated her, and the TV producer who brought her story to the screen.
- Stephen Douds
- Executive Producer
- Gemma Cunningham