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Ross Kemp: Living With Dementia

  • Episode:

    2

  • Title:

    Dementia

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 18 Jun 2020

  • TX Confirmed

    Yes

  • Time

    7.30pm - 8.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 25 2020 : Sat 13 Jun - Fri 19 Jun

  • Channel:

    ITV

  • Published:

    Wed 03 Jun 2020

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Ross Kemp: Living with Dementia

Series overview

"I've always believed that to understand a problem, you need to get as close to it as you possibly can. So I'm back meeting people who are living with some of the biggest issues facing Britain today. With almost a million people living with dementia, this is the first of two programmes where I'm meeting people battling with the disease." - Ross Kemp

Ross Kemp's award-winning Living With series returns with a two-part special exploring the real impact of dementia - Britain’s biggest killer.

The special, filmed before and during lockdown, forms half of the four-part series which also explores those living with opioids - which are opium-derived drugs - and with being displaced from their homes, to try to gain a vivid insight into their situations.

In each of the programmes Ross immerses himself in situations to gain a first-hand taste of the issues contributors face, and to explore what is really going on in their lives.

Episode 2

In the second episode on dementia, Ross travels to Stafford where he discovers that the disease can also affect children. 

He meets Andrew and Kelly Mills, whose five-year-old daughter Penny has a rare disease known as Sanfillipo syndrome, a form of childhood dementia, and who tell him the average life expectancy of those with the illness is between 12 and 20 years of age. 

Last year, Penny had 150 words in her vocabulary but the disease reverses her development and she now struggles to even say 'Mummy'.

Her parents tell Ross that they have decided to put aside their feelings of despair to concentrate on making the rest of their daughter’s life as full of laughter as possible. 

Ross also travels to Devon and meets Meryl Smart, who faces the unenviable task of selling the house of her mother, who has dementia, to pay for her £70,000-plus annual care home fees. The government’s pledge that no one would have to sell off properties to pay for care has come too late for Meryl. 

Scott Mitchell, Ross's long-time screen colleague and friend Dame Barbara Windsor's husband, reflects on her condition now, more than half a decade after her diagnosis with Alzheimer's.

Reporter: Ross Kemp
Series Producer: Johnny McDevitt
Executive Producers: Steve Anderson, Clare Barton, Ross Kemp