Life Givers, BBC1

Before watching the first two Lifegivers programmes on BBC1, my slight worry was who is going to watch this? As posted previously, Cim and I are appearing on Thursday morning*, so that’s got an obvious attraction; we’re not fooled by the promise of Gabby Logan. But really, is it going to be just those families affected by organ donation?

Nadia Sawalha

Nadia Sawalha

Dr Jonty Heaversedge

Dr Jonty Heaversedge


Kate Jones

Giles Thrope

Giles Thorpe

I needn’t have worried. It’s very good – showing people’s seemingly endless capacity for generosity, the resolve they show in getting through a life crisis, and just how much people love their families. You’d have to be made of stone not to be moved. That is the draw for “normal” people.

The purpose of Lifegivers is more than mere entertainment – no matter how life-affirming the stories are. As a viewer, you are encouraged to go on the organ donor register and also to be a blood donor. You can really see what a dramatic difference transplants make to people’s lives – as it did with Cim’s, so let’s hope people are moved to sign up.

The target: 9 million more on the Organ Donor register in four years. That is a big ask. You can help sign up here.

If you have had a transplant, or are somehow involved as a donor, carer or in the medical profession, but part of the transplant online community The TX Space.

After Monday’s programme, double the number of people signed to the register as did in the previous whole week.

Update 2:
Just got the call from the Beeb that we’re no longer going to be on the programme. This is disappointing for us,  but supposedly, they’re pushed for room. I blame Gabby Logan. Maybe they’ll have us on Pimp My Ride after all.


Live! on the BBC

Did I mention we’re going to be on TV next week?
If not, it’s because I didn’t know what it was going to be, but now I do.

A very nice young lady phoned Cim a few weeks ago and asked if we’d like to be on TV with our transplant/Antarctica story. Cim said it was going to be BBC on a Thursday morning after Easter. Last week we got the travel arrangements: turn up to MTV studios in Camden at 8 in the morning.  What? not BBC  TV Centre then? MTV? Had Cim made the BBC part up? What did MTV want with us?

Now, Planet Jerry can be a little off beam, but Planet Cim is sometimes in a parallel universe, so forgive me for being cautiious. However, looking at the schedule for MTV Thursday morning, I thought it unlikely we’d be on “Pimp My Ride”, no matter how much our car is in need of it.

Charlotte called again and cleared things up. The independent company Leopard films is making a five-part documentary for BBC about transplants. So, that explains that. Presented by Nadia Sawalha and Dr Jonty Heaversedge, the first programme goes out on Easter Monday.

BBC1 9.00 am. Life Givers