First Look at Sheridan Smith in the BBC Adaptation of The C Word
The C Word is an adaptation of Lisa Lynch’s inspiring and book about her experience of cancer, based on her popular blog which was launched shortly after her diagnosis in 2008.
Adapted by Nicole Taylor, this film is a defiant account which captures the no-nonsense and witty style of Lisa’s writing and personality.
Sheridan Smith plays Lisa in this modern love story that begins when she is first diagnosed with breast cancer.
Sheridan Smith says:
“Lisa first contacted me via Twitter, and we quickly became friends. She called me ‘SS’ and I called her ‘LL’. Her zest for life was infectious and I was moved and inspired by her courage and bravery. I couldn’t help but love her. That’s why I want to tell her story. For Pete, for her family and for everyone who’s lives are touched by cancer. I’m so sad that Lisa won’t get to see the finished drama, having been so involved in the development of it. I’m honoured and humbled that she wanted me to play her on screen, and I hope that I will make her proud.”
Writer Nicole Taylor and the BBC worked closely with Lisa on the script and had her full support, she was also involved in the casting of Sheridan.
She died in 2013, aged 33.
‘Carrie Bradshaw fell in Dior, I fell in Debenhams. It was May 2008, and it was spectacular. Uncomfortable heels + slippy floor + head turned by a cocktail dress = thwack. Arms stretched overhead, teeth cracking on floor tiles, chest and knees breaking the fall. It was theatrical, exaggerated, a perfect 6.0. And it was Significant Moment #1 in discovering that I had grade-three breast cancer.’
The last thing Lisa Lynch had expected to put on her ‘things to do before you’re 30’ list was beating breast cancer, but them’s the breaks. So with her life on hold, and her mind close to capacity with unspoken fears, questions and emotions, she turned to her Mac and started blogging about the frustrating, life-altering, sheer pain-in-the-arse inconvenience of getting breast cancer at the age of 28.