Peter Moffat in his study

BBC drama with prostate cancer storyline wins prestigious award

Legal drama Silk has been named best TV drama series by the Writers' Guild of Great Britain at its 2013 awards. The BBC series beat The Village - also written by Peter Moffat - and ITV's Broadchurch to win the prize.

In June this year one of the main characters on the show, Billy Lamb, played by Neil Stuke, was diagnosed with prostate cancer.

When asked what prompted him to include this story line, writer Peter Moffat, whose father had prostate cancer, said, “I wanted men to learn about the risks, and the prevalence of prostate cancer – especially men who don’t really think about their health. That’s why I chose the character of Billy Lamb. He’s a real ‘man’s man’ – scotch-drinking, goes to the races, ducking and diving, a good bloke and he’s in his late forties. Through him we might be able to reach some men who wouldn’t normally want to visit a doctor.”

During the production of the new series of Silk, which will air in the New Year, one of our specialist nurses was on hand to comment on the development of the prostate cancer story line. She said, “I helped make sure the scenes which featured prostate cancer were as life-like as possible and, on set, I showed the actors how all the medical equipment worked. It was great that we could be involved with Peter and the production company to help with the accuracy and detail of what they are exploring in the drama. “

Read our full interview with Peter Moffat in the next issue of Progress magazine.

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