One gang, one plan, one big problem.
A man dies every hour and they all have to face up to
Joe wants out but the Don won't take no for an answer. Carl lays
a plan to use Alison as the bait. Will it work, or will Joe walk
Father's Day is a dark mini-drama with a twist. It's the
brainchild of actor Neil Stuke, and also stars Ray Winstone,
Charles Dance, John Simm, Tamzin Outhwaite, Cyril Nri and Stuart
Meet the characters
Joe (Ray Winstone)
"Looks good on the outside, but inside…
Mechanic Joe wants things fixed, starting with Jack's old Jag.
But he knows you can't judge an old car until you've looked under
the bonnet and found out what's really going on.
Joe's been diagnosed with early prostate cancer, but like many
men, he feels well. Early prostate cancer often has no
He only got the diagnosis thanks to his friend Jack.
Jack found out late he had prostate cancer - too late to stop
it. But he wasn't going to let the same happen to Joe.
With Jack's words ringing in his ears, Joe went for a prostate
MOT because he was peeing three or four times a night. It's pretty
common for men as they get older to get up once a night, but more
than that and it's worth checking out.
It's more likely to be an enlarged prostate,
and that's not cancer - but it might be something you can get fixed
anyway. And although there's no link between having an enlarged
prostate and getting prostate cancer, you can have both at the same
Joe's tough, but so is dealing with his own prostate cancer and
grieving for his mate. He's
angry that Jack died, and feels guilty that that's what it took to
get him to the doctors himself. If any of this sounds familiar, we can
Dave (John Simm)
"I do everything right. It's not
Dave's in his forties. He's healthy, he doesn't smoke, he boxes
and he runs.
But he's been knocked sideways by his recent diagnosis of prostate
cancer. It's a disease Dave already knows something about. His
older brother had it - and if it's in the family, the risk of
getting it is raised. So when the doctor suggested he get his
prostate checked out, he agreed.
You are two and a half times more likely to get prostate cancer
if your father or brother has been diagnosed with it. And there may
be an even higher chance if, like Dave, your relative was under
60 when he was diagnosed.
They've caught Dave's cancer early and he's got treatment
options which aim to get rid of the cancer. All treatments have
pros and cons. Dave's most worried about any impact they might have
on his sex life.
Watch our volunteers talking about how
they manage side effects in real life, including changes in their sex lives.
If any of Dave's story rings a bell with you, we can
Carl (Neil Stuke)
"I'm stage 2 prostate cancer. I've had it removed.
I've had the radiation. And now I'm stage 3."
Carl's back at work in the office after he had his prostate
removed last year. But since then, his blood tests have shown a
rise in his PSA - prostate specific antigen, the protein which
should be at practically zero after he's had his prostate taken
That's a sign that the cancer had spread just outside prostate
before they took it out, so he's had radiotherapy to try and kill
the cancer cells that got away.
Carl's had some uncertainty to deal with. Before the op, it
looked like he had stage T2 prostate cancer - where it's completely
contained inside the prostate. But it seems it was stage T3 and
some of it had broken through the prostate. He knew there was a
chance the cancer could return, but the news was still a shock.
If you're worried about cancer returning, and what to do if it
does, we can help.
Don (Charles Dance)
"Throwing the kitchen sink at it."
Seventy-something Don is open about his advanced prostate cancer. He's
not going to apologise for that, and he doesn't see why anyone else
should either. He talks, he listens, and when someone's going to
take the mickey it'll probably be Don.
He deals with it in his own way, and he knows that every man does the
Early on, Don had radiotherapy, and he's also
been on hormone therapy for a few years. But now the cancer has
spread from his prostate to his pelvis, so he's opted for
chemotherapy as well. Hormone therapy stops testosterone from
feeding the prostate cancer cells. Without testosterone, the cancer
cells shrink. It can help control the cancer for many months or
But if the effect starts to wear off, like it has for Don, it
could be useful to add in chemotherapy - or another
type of hormone therapy.
He knows it won't get rid of his cancer, but it might help him
live longer and help control any pain he gets.
Don has armed himself with info in the years since his
diagnosis, but he still has questions and concerns. If you want to
ask anything or talk things through, we can help.
Ade (Cyril Nri)
"Thought it was an old man's
The baby of the group - but maybe not as young as he sometimes
Ade was diagnosed at 41 - when he still thought prostate cancer
only affected old guys like Don. It's true that it mainly affects
men over 50, and your risk increases with age, but men
are diagnosed younger than this.
And like he says, Ade always had a higher risk than
the other guys in the group: in the UK, African Caribbean men are
three times more likely to develop prostate cancer than white men
of the same age. [PDF]
Ade has had his prostate removed and now he's on hormone therapy. A positive attitude
goes a long way for Ade, getting him through his hot flushes,
bladder problems and mood swings.
Watch our volunteer Ally talking about how
he manages some of these same side effects in real life.
If Ade's story strikes a chord, we can help.
Alison (Tamsin Outhwaite)
The film aired on ITV4 on Father's Day 2013, capping a week of
activity by ITV and Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness
of a disease that is underfunded and poorly understood.