The C-Word: Film will be 'lasting legacy' for family

The C Word
Image caption Mr McFarlane said he had "to pinch himself" when he learned that Sheridan Smith would play the role of his sister Lisa in the drama

The brother of author Lisa Lynch, who wrote a candid book and blog about her battle with breast cancer, has said a TV drama on her life will be "a lasting legacy".

The C-Word, a BBC adaptation which chronicled her plight, had a peak of 4.2 million viewers on Sunday.

Her brother Jamie McFarlane said her blog "resonated with so many people".

Actress Sheridan Smith, who played Lisa, tweeted: "I know she'll be watching with us."

Family 'proud'

Lisa, who was from Littleover in Derbyshire, was diagnosed with breast cancer at 28 and died in 2013, aged 33.

Mr McFarlane said: "Hopefully this TV movie will help many people - if it gets one more person to check for a lump or talking to someone then it has done its job.

"We are so proud of her".

He said his family have "a fantastic relationship" with actress Sheridan Smith, who has also starred in the sitcom Gavin And Stacey.

"The fact that she agreed to play Lisa was brilliant. I had to pinch myself that we had a Bafta winner playing my sister in a TV programme," he added.

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Image caption Smith won best drama performance for Cilla at the National Television Awards earlier this year

Smith said the chance to give a "no holds barred" account of the disease and how people deal with it inspired her to take on the role.

Speaking on Twitter, she said was was "overwhelmed" by the support she had received.

Mr McFarlane said: "When we read Lisa's writing, we can hear her voice and that gives us a great level of comfort."

He said his two young children will benefit from the book and TV drama.

"We have got something to show them ... how good their auntie was and how amazing she was and how much she has done for other people," he said.

Lynch's book The C-Word went to number one in the Amazon sales chart following Sunday night's TV drama.

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