Dave Myers makes triumphant return to TV after cancer treatment

Dave Myers gave Si King a hug and kiss on Saturday Kitchen. (BBC)
Dave Myers gave Si King a hug and kiss on Saturday Kitchen. (BBC)

Hairy Bikers star Dave Myers has made a triumphant return to TV following his cancer treatment, punching the air and telling Saturday Kitchen viewers he was "still breathing".

Myers and his best pal and co-star Si King were guests on the BBC One cooking show on Saturday morning, where they joined host and chef Matt Tebutt to share some recipes and talk about their year.

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The TV cook was diagnosed with cancer in May and has had a break from TV while he underwent chemotherapy, which made him lose his trademark long hair and beard.

Si King and Dave Myers
Si King and Dave Myers returned to Saturday Kitchen. (PA)

Myers said: “It’s fantastic to be back and what a way to celebrate Christmas here."

He explained that he and King would be showing how to make a festive coffee and hazelnut cake, before adding: “I’m over the moon to be back!”

As Saturday Kitchen was trailed during previous programme BBC Breakfast, Myers had joked that he was “still breathing”.

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Although Myers seemed to be back to his usual cheery self, he explained more about his tough year and health battle to viewers as he made the cake.

He admitted that things had got so bad that at some moments he had doubted whether he would be around to celebrate Christmas.

Myers said: “It’s lovely to be back. It has been a rough year, I can’t pretend otherwise, and there were some times when I didn’t think I would be here for Christmas.

“I’ve got to give a shout out to the doctors and nurses in Birmingham who put me back together, the surgeon who got me walking again and nurse Marion who, before my chemo, brings me cake in. Best banana bread ever.

“But it is lovely to be back. Si’s been looking after me, filling my freezer with mince and dumplings. Being back on Saturday Kitchen is great, I think the first time we were here was 15 years ago.”

King has had his own health struggles in recent years, suffering from a brain aneurysm in 2014 that he has now recovered from.