You might recall this story appeared via Featureworld in The Daily Mirror last week. In a nutshell, Jeanette wants to have her size 32JJ bosoms reduced while husband Steve loves them and doesn’t want her to go through with the op.
And on Sunday night the couple, who have two sons, made the trip to London to prepare for their TV debut – on ITV’s Daybreak sofa. After a relaxing evening at a nearby hotel, very early (!) they were picked up by a car laid on by ITV and driven to the Daybreak studios.
The subject about whether or not Jeanette should have this operation was discussed in front of millions of viewers.
Jeanette tells me: “Steve and I were incredibly nervous. We have never done anything like this before in our lives. But it was a fantastic experience – although our allotted time on the show flew by.”
As for whether Jeanette will have this op the situation is she still wants it and Steve still doesn’t want her to have it… But at least Jeanette now has some more choices of bra. Since the story appeared in the Daily Mirror, Panache, a leader in the D plus market (they go up to a K cup) has come forward to help Jeanette find some really pretty underwear. Their stunning range is sold through Debenhams, John Lewis and Bravissimo as well as online retailers such as Fig-Leaves.
Meanwhile, NHS Consultant Plastic Cosmetic Surgeon Mr Raj Ragoowansi, from Barts & The London NHS Trust has also come forward to give Jeanette some advice over whether or not having a reduction is right for her.
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Featureworld interviewee Hayley Okines appears in a CHANNEL 5 documentary on Thursday this week.
Hayley Okines, who has a condition known as progeria, which makes her age eight times faster than a normal person, stars in Channel 5’s documentary, Extraordinary People, this week – and it is set to be her most moving documentary ever.
This programme, The World’s Oldest Teenager, follows Hayley to the USA where in the New Year she is to try a new drug. Forever Young could transform all of our lives as it could enable everyone to live 20 to 30 years longer – and Hayley, who will be 14 in December, is to be the guinea-pig to bravely trial it out. It takes nerves of steel for her mum Kerry, because there could be side-effects no-one knows of. At the same time, it could transform Hayley’s life. When doctors diagnosed Hayley as a toddler, it was estimated she might not live until her 13th birthday. Now, although nothing can reverse the rare genetic condition she suffers from – which causes arthritis and hip problems as it prematurely ages her – it could give her the chance of a future.
At the same time this incredible film, which is narrates by Hayley herself, follows her as she meets fellow progeria sufferer Harry Crowther. Since meeting a year ago the pair have struck up a strong friendship and regularly keep in contact on Facebook. They are helping one another through their life-threatening illness.
Hayley is also shown with her brother and sister – who don’t suffer from the condition – and as a normal teenager. And in that way, she is just like any other girl of her age – she adores clothes, make-up, Facebook and Twitter – and is possibly singer Justin Beiber’s greatest fan. Last Christmas Hayley, who now often wears a blonde wig when she goes out, met Justin Beiber and was delighted when she got this photo of him!
And like any other teenager she and mum Kerry fall out sometimes. “Hayley is tiny so I find it hard to let go,” says mum Kerry, “I don’t even like her going on the bus by herself into town – but of course she wants to just like her friends.”
Meanwhile, Hayley, who is recognised wherever she goes and even has her own Wikipedia page, is shortly to have her autobiography published. Old Before my Time, written by Hayley, her mum Kerry and writer Alison Stokes, will be published on 24th November by Accent Press and includes two eight page sections of full glossy colour photos.
Read more about how Featureworld has helped Hayley Okines raise awareness of progeria here: Hayley’s story.
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On Monday afternoon Grace Sharrock was out and about near her home in Cheshire with her daughter, 11 and 18 month old twins. Then she picked up a message on her mobile from me …
I had been rung by producers at ITV’s This Morning asking if I had any interviewees who’d suffered from postnatal depression who could appear on the show. The only snag was – they were needed for the next morning’s show!
That was when I thought of Grace – a year ago Grace’s story about how when she was pregnant with her eldest child, she’d suffered severely from postnatal depression – had appeared via Featureworld in a double page in the Daily Mirror. And when she’d got pregnant with the twins she was terrified the same thing would happen again. Fortunately in her second twin pregnancy she’d been prescribed the drug Lithium and was fine when she gave birth to the twins.
Grace rang me back and decided then and there she would love to go on This Morning! Having got her mum to care for the children, Grace was picked up by taxi laid on by This Morning. She was then put up in a hotel overnight and after breakfast the show sent a car to pick her up and take her to the studio.
Fortunately the wonderful producers at This Morning take care of all travel arrangements and Grace had a fantastic time. She also looked stunning talking on the sofa with Holly Willoughby and Philip Scofield. A doctor was also brought in to give some top advice about postnatal depression.
Said Grace afterwards: “It was a great experience even though I was terribly nervous before I went on.”
Grace is one of a number of Featureworld interviewees who are invited onto This Morning – along with other TV chat and news show and documentaries.
Meanwhile, she has also written a book on postnatal depression: Saving Grace and you can read more on her story here: Daily Mirror.
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Perhaps it’s because my own ‘kids’ are aged 22, 20 and 19 – but I do feel young people often, wrongly, get a bad press. So it was refreshing last night to watch two programmes, which showed people in their twenties in such a good light.
First up – the new series of Channel 4’s Country House Rescue. This is where Ruth Watson visits a usually crumbling and dilapidated old mansion where the family is at odds over the best way to save it. It’s an appealing programme not only because of its nose into how the other half live, but because it’s the only time when you come away relieved you don’t live in a rambling old castle.
Last night’s episode was no exception as we took a tour of historic Wyresdale Park in Lancashire and met the traditional James, his wife, Sally and son, Jim, 29. The estate had fallen into disrepair and now father and son were ‘at war’ over how best to keep it afloat and pay for the repairs. James, a farmer, admitted they needed more income but stated, ‘I don’t like anything commercial’ whereas son Jim, who organised large music events and lived in a trendy part of East London, felt the best way forward was to knock the crumbling out-buildings down and hold events there. Mum Sally – interestingly, she’d met the wealthy James as a student when he was her landlord and she rented one of his many properties – saw both sides.
The programme developed into perfect Sunday night viewing (preferably watched with tea and a cream scone) as Ruth worked out a plan to develop the outbuildings as a tea room (for the stream of ramblers rambling past the house), mini farm and arts and crafts shop. It was lovely to see son Jim, sensitive enough to his father not to battle on about his events, and welcome this idea. Incredibly, some 1000 people turned up on the day. That said, whether serving teas in a tent on a regular basis to eke out a living was quite what pink-faced wife Sally had in mind when she married James remains to be seen…
Meanwhile, BBC3’s Junior Doctors makes emotional viewing. This week’s programme has concentrated on how the young doctors cope with death and realising they can’t save everyone’s life. We saw Lucy genuinely moved when she discovered one patient was dying from pancreatic cancer and Adam trying to make a patient’s last days as comfortable as possible. But surely the most watchable is laid-back Jon, who despite his generous size (you do worry for his health when you see him sweating as he races down the corridor to a cardiac arrest) seems to take every emergency in his stride. And the quiet confidence he exudes makes you forget he is fresh out of medical school.
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First up … Channel 4 is looking for stories from parents of kids aged 5-12, for a new show with Jo Frost. She is the Supernanny but this is a new format called Jo Frost – Extreme Parental Guidance.
Still on the subject of parenting…
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This coming Thursday, Cutting Edge, a Channel 4 ‘documentary’, My daughter grew another head, follows journalists and writers as they apparently search for the more bizarre stories for real life magazines.
Of course as I write this, admittedly, I haven’t seen it. But it doesn’t look good. According to one preview it is ‘jaw-dropping’. I have to say its content – looking at stories such as ‘I snogged a swan’ and ‘I was eaten alive by a pet python’ – does not appear to be the type of features (thankfully) that Featureworld.co.uk has anything to do with. As my interviewees and clients know, I specialise in emotional real life – emotions, feelings, relationships and serious real-life issues that affect every one of us. As a qualified news journalist – sadly many journalists are not (tip: is your writer NCTJ qualified?) – much of my work involves providing NEWS to national newspapers. But yes, some stories do appear in magazines (some interviewees only want to be in their favourite magazine) and in my experience (over 25 years of it!!) the magazines I deal with always treat my interviewees with the utmost sensitivity. In fact, rather than sensationalise or trivialise issues, the women’s magazine industry as I know it is very loyal to its readers. For a start, those interviewees are treated with great professionalism – their copy is also usually read back to ensure it is accurate and of course interviewees are paid for taking part. If interviewees change their minds, their story is shelved.
But then let’s not forget who has made this documentary, if that is what it can be called (the title documentary once meant something serious but has been somewhat dumbed down of late.) This is a ‘documentary’ that it’s makers October Films and director James Quinn rang me about several times because ‘as someone right at the top of the selling stories industry, we feel the documentary really misses something and we need your comment.’ Doubtless it was the sort of flattery they hoped might entice me to get involved with such a project. However, they are an organistion that make other – in my opinion – dubious ‘documentaries’ such as Sun Sea and A&E and Rude Tube. They are ‘proud’ of other productions such as Curse of the Night Eaters (those people who sleepwalk to their fridge, apparently. Do such ‘interviewees’ really exist in real life or are they only in TV ‘documentary’ land …?) Another one they champion is Sleep with Me (eight couples, eight beds – they don’t elaborate but this doesn’t sound my sort of TV)
They are frankly NOT the type of ‘documentary maker’ that I would ever want to be in any way associated. So I declined.
Channel 4, Cutting Edge seems to have lost its ‘cutting edge’ of late. Perhaps it should rename itself ‘comedy edge.’ Whatever, it needs to get back to what it used to do best – making proper documentaries on serious issues – fast.
Needless to say, if ever there were a programme that I would like to distance myself from, this is it.
It is also the sort of comedy I steer my own interviewees and clients well clear of.
To see the sort real life stories that I write, go to www.featureworld.co.uk