BBC at Spire Parkway focusing on dementia

23 January 2017

A BBC documentary will tonight focus on Midlands broadcasting legend Ed Doolan and his battle to live with dementia.

Ed and his wife Christine talks with Prof Tadros at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull about the physical and mental challenges he has faced, while Ed himself gives his own take on how dementia is affecting him.

Ed, who joined Birmingham’s first commercial radio station BRMB in 1974 before moving to the BBC in 1982, is still presenting a weekly programme on BBC WM and as well as ever-popular Christmas Shows at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall.

One of the first 40 inductees into the Radio Academy’s original Hall of Fame – where he stands with other broadcasting greats such as Tony Hancock, Alistair Cooke and John Peel – Ed has also been awarded the MBE for services to radio and won a prestigious Sony Gold Award.

In the programme Prof Tadros says: “People with dementia, especially when it is diagnosed early on, can maintain function for a very long time. Ed has been presenting his programme while suffering from dementia, fully aware of his medical situation.

“He has been able to maintain his job, his personality and his intellect. This is really amazing and he is setting a great example to others.”

Watch the trailer on the Birmingham Mail website. 

Viewers can watch the Inside Out: West Midlands documentary once it's aired.