Jeremy Paxman opens up about life with Parkinson’s for new documentary

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2 Aug 2022, 14:53

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Jeremy Paxman will be opening up about his Parkinson’s disease diagnosis in documentary for ITV, the channel has announced.

Titled Paxman: Putting Up with Parkinson’s, the documentary will follow the presenter as he interviews other celebrities living with the disease, as well as leading experts in that area of medicine.

The broadcaster revealed his diagnosis last year and stated he was suffering with “mild symptoms” but was “receiving excellent treatment”.

Paxman will also be busting some myths around the illness in the hour-long special and taking part in an English National Ballet therapy dance class, learning to play bowls and speaking to President of Parkinson’s UK, Jane Asher.

ITV said of the programme: “For the very first time, Jeremy Paxman will allow cameras into his life as he reflects on how Parkinson’s is impacting him.”

One in 37 people in the UK will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime, and this documentary will helpfully shed some light on the illness and the realities of living with it day-to-day.

Jeremy Paxman on Channel 4's Alternative Election Night

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According to The Guardian, Paxman says he is planning to continue writing and broadcasting “for as long as they’ll have me.”

The presenter is probably best known for fronting University Challenge on BBC Two, which he has done since 1994. He also hosts shows such as Newsnight, Panorama and Channel 4’s Alternative Election Night.

This comes as ITV also confirm a second season of Kate Garraway’s Life Stories.

The Good Morning Britain host was brought in to helm the series after Piers Morgan left in 2021. Her previous guests of season one included Charlotte Church, Nadiyah Hussein and former footballer John Barnes.

Speaking about the series being renewed for a second installment, the presenter said: “Life Stories is coming back, so that’s nice... Piers is Piers, and he’s amazing, but I think it will be interesting with another series to see if it feels more like mine – rather than like I’m borrowing it from Piers.”

A release date for Paxman: Putting Up with Parkinson’s has not yet been announced.