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The C Word (2015)

A woman writes a blog about her experience with terminal cancer.


Tim Kirkby


Nicole Taylor, Lisa Lynch (based on book and blog by)
2 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheridan Smith ... Lisa Lynch
Paul Nicholls ... Pete Lynch
Stephanie Vogt ... Sara
Tom Hutch Tom Hutch ... Jack
Marcus Griffiths ... Pete's Colleague
Rebekah Staton ... Gabby
Susannah Fielding ... Abigail
Jamie Baughan ... Sam
Silas Carson ... Consultant
Michael Maloney ... Ian McFarlane
Haydn Gwynne ... Jane McFarlane
Nate Fallows Nate Fallows ... Jamie McFarlane
Chrissie Cotterill Chrissie Cotterill ... Nurse
Peter Landi Peter Landi ... Anaesthetist
Orla Fitzgerald ... Mary - Chemo Nurse


In 2008 28-year old magazine editor Lisa Lynch and her husband of eighteen months Pete are planning a Stateside visit when Lisa discovers a lump on her breast. Friends do not think it serious but on doctor's advice she visits a specialist. She has cancer though it is believed to be operable with Lisa also undergoing chemotherapy, resulting in hair loss. Referring to the illness as The Bullsh*t Lisa starts an online journal, which she calls Alright Tit, and which her friends encourage her to turn into a public blog, writing about the cancer wittily and with no self-pity. In 2011 a second operation is required and Lisa passes away two years later, surrounded by the ever supportive Pete and her family. However her legacy is the blog, published in book form as The C-Word, which has given hope and comfort to many other cancer patients. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Once Lisa Lynch knew that the BBC were going to adapt her book into a TV Film she contacted Sheridan Smith via Twitter and asked her to play her on screen. Lisa told her that she was the only actress for the job. They subsequently became friends. See more »


Featured in BAFTA Televsion Awards 2016 (2016) See more »

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The C Word - a funny, poignant, but not over-sentimental story of life with cancer.
7 May 2015 | by Catherine_OSee all my reviews

How can you summarise Lisa Lynch and her brutally honest yet outrageously funny cancer blog in a 90-minute film? Well, you can't. Her one-liners alone could fill a TV series or five. So it's just as well the makers of The C Word didn't try; instead, they showed us the story behind the ballsy humour — the heartbreak and frustration coupled with love that can't be destroyed by "The Bullsh*t".

The C Word takes us on a journey of stark contrasts. On the one hand, we have a young, beautiful woman in her prime, enjoying newly married life, parties, music and friends; on the other, we watch as The Bullsh*t wreaks havoc with her life, robbing her of friends she has just made and stopping her from doing the things we take for granted, like taking a bath unaided and nipping out to the shops. The film oscillates between these two extremes, reminding us just how cruel cancer is.

Sheridan Smith delivers yet again, allowing you to believe for those 90 minutes that she is Lisa Lynch. However, she is not alone — this is a top-class cast, from Paul Nicholls who delivers a brilliantly understated yet powerful performance as Lisa's husband Pete, to Kris Hallenga, appearing as herself in the only fictional but oh-so-right part of the story.

Do watch this film. Then read the book and the blog. As I've already mentioned, this is a heavily distilled version of events, and you haven't lived until you've read the one about the ginger-pube eyelashes. There are still plenty of gags though. And Louboutins. Which I now know are not pronounced 'La-boot-ins'. One more thing to thank Lisa for.

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