Nine million watch Farrah cancer story (VIDEO)

Nine million watch Farrah cancer story (VIDEO)
Nine million watch Farrah cancer story (VIDEO) (Image credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima)

A US documentary that shows Farrah Fawcett's battle against cancer drew an estimated 8.9 million viewers. Farrah's Story details the former Charlie's Angels star's treatment and hopes for recovery, following her through chemotherapy and other gruelling treatment. The film was NBC's most-watched program in its Friday night time slot in more than a year, excluding the Olympics, according to preliminary ratings. Fawcett's video diary was initially intended for private viewing by family and friends, but was shared with a wider audience after the actress realised her story could inspire others, said her close friend Alana Stewart, a producer on the film. The actress maintains good humour during the film as she faces pain, setbacks and, as the treatments grow harsher, the loss of her trademark lush blond locks. "I do not want to die of this disease. So I say to God, 'It is seriously time for a miracle,'" Fawcett says. Her longtime companion, actor Ryan O'Neal, said in an interview last week that the actress is in a 'very rocky place'. O'Neal is shown in the documentary as a steady presence as the actress goes through highs and lows, although the two ended their long romantic relationship in the late 1990s. CLICK below to watch a clip from the Farrah Fawcett documentary

Patrick McLennan

Patrick McLennan is a London-based journalist and documentary maker who has worked as a writer, sub-editor, digital editor and TV producer in the UK and New Zealand. His CV includes spells as a news producer at the BBC and TVNZ, as well as web editor for Time Inc UK. He has produced TV news and entertainment features on personalities as diverse as Nick Cave, Tom Hardy, Clive James, Jodie Marsh and Kevin Bacon and he co-produced and directed The Ponds, which has screened in UK cinemas, BBC Four and is currently available on Netflix. 

An entertainment writer with a diverse taste in TV and film, he lists Seinfeld, The Sopranos, The Chase, The Thick of It and Detectorists among his favourite shows, but steers well clear of most sci-fi.