Deborah James' final months to be shown in powerful BBC documentary Bowelbabe In Her Own Words
Dame Deborah James' final months will be shown in a new documentary.
The former headteacher-turned-cancer campaigner, who was known as Bowelbabe, lost her bowel cancer battle in June last year aged 40, and a new BBC Two short film, 'Bowelbabe: In Her Own Words', will see her talk frankly about her diagnosis and treatment.
The 80-minute film will also feature several of Deborah's personal moments as she documentary the reality of living with bowel cancer.
The archive-based doc will also feature never-seen-before mobile phone footage, Deborah’s collection of Tik Tok videos, Instagram posts, You Me and the Big C podcasts, family videos and Deborah’s voice notes.
Lucie Kon, Commissioning Editor, BBC Storyville said: “Deborah worked with us on this film right up until the last few weeks of her life and was adamant that it was finished even though she wouldn’t be around to see it through.
"It’s an incredibly powerful and beautiful piece - emotional, intimate and unique. With enormous warmth and good humour, the documentary echoes the powerful, honest and direct way that Deborah communicated, as if she were talking to a friend or confidante."
Deborah - who was made a Dame by Prince William in May 2022, a month before her death - worked to establish The Bowelbabe Fund for Cancer Research UK, which has raised more than £7 million.
In June 2022, Deborah's final TV appearance aired, on E4's 'Embarrassing Bodies', just days before her passing.
During the show, Deborah explained the symptoms which prompted her to seek medical help, saying: "I started going to the poo - we need to say that - eight times a day. And I used to be a once-a-day kind of girl ...
"Then I started getting really tired and I remember drinking loads of cups of coffee just to try and keep myself awake. Then I started losing loads of weight and I started having blood in my poo ..."