Roman Kemp to front BBC documentary about male suicide after best friend Joe Lyons' death

Roman Kemp to front BBC documentary about male suicide after best friend Joe Lyons' death


ROMAN Kemp is trying to turn a heartbreaking negative into a change- affecting positive by making a ­powerful documentary for the BBC.

I’m told the radio DJ is to ­front a programme covering the death of his colleague and pal Joe Lyons last year.

The I’m A Celebrity finalist was devastated when Capital Radio producer Joe died ­suddenly in August.

Joe worked on the Breakfast Show and was Roman’s mentor when he started at the station in 2014.

In the one-off special, Roman will talk intimately about the days following the awful news and also investigate why male suicide rates are so high and what can be done to help others who are struggling.

Having not realised the true extent of Joe’s struggles, Roman — the son of Spandau Ballet star Martin Kemp — has urged his listeners to reach out to friends and family if they are not coping mentally.

A source said: “Roman now wants to send that message in a more formal way with a whole show dedicated to Joe, in the hope it helps others.

“With so many people isolating due to the pandemic and feeling detached from their normal lives and friends, it was felt this message of support could not come at a better time and will hopefully make a difference to those who may well be experiencing ­similar feelings.”

After taking a break in the days that followed Joe’s death, Roman spoke warmly about his late friend.

He was a much-loved member of the Capital FM team and was often referred to on-air as Producer Joe.

The pair’s working ­relationship quickly turned into an important friendship for them both.

Roman said: “He was with me right from my very first show. He taught me everything I didn’t know about sitting in a radio studio.”

Good on Roman for ­tackling what is still something of a taboo topic.

Birth(day) in paradise

THE cast of Death In Paradise are celebrating a decade of Caribbean crime-busting.

Series ten of the tropical police comedy drama starts this week and the show is proving as popular as ever.

The gang from Saint Marie return to BBC1 on Thursday with their fourth detective, DI Neville Parker, in the form of Royle Family star Ralf Little.

He took over last year from Ardal O'Hanlon, who followed Kris Marshall and Ben Miller.

Some sunshine and excitement are just what we need right now.

Sally and Kev almost went solo

CORONATION Street fans have followed the trials and tribulations of Kevin and Sally Webster’s relationship for the best part of 35 years.

And they nearly became the subject of their own show after former producer Tony Wood discussed the idea of them quitting the cobbles to start a spin-off programme.

Sally Dynevor, who plays Sally, said: “There was talk of it. Tony Wood came up with the idea that we should leave the show and set up a new show.

“I’m so glad we didn’t. If it hadn’t gone very well, where would we be now?”

Thankfully for millions of viewers, Sally and Kevin, played by Michael Le Vell, went nowhere and have been ever-present on the soap despite on-screen affairs, illness and even prison time.

Sally told the Soap From The Box podcast: “Michael and I are very close and Sally and Kevin were married for 25 years.

"They were happy for most of those years, so I love the fact the writers have made Sally still concerned about Kevin and vice versa.

“I’ve got a scene next week where I say, ‘I’m really worried about you’ as we’ve still got this really tight relationship.

“We’ve got all that history – you can’t buy that, can you? It’s really important they keep us a strong couple in the soap, remaining good friends.”


PALOMA Faith will not return as a coach on The Voice Kids, as her second child is due when it will be filmed this spring.

Asked on Instagram if she would be back, the singer, who was on the panel with, Pixie Lott and Danny Jones, said: “No, I’m totally gutted. Filming clashes with my birth dates, so I can’t.”

Sirieix profit for French foodie Fred

HE’S the star of First Dates, and now Fred Sirieix has taken home his first seven-figure pay cheque.

The maître d’, who has been presiding over the restaurant on the Channel 4 show since it launched in 2013, saw his company, The Art Of Service, make a whacking £1.23million profit last year.

Hunky Frenchman Fred was hardly struggling before that, however, as 2019 saw him make a healthy £863,000.

His coffers have been boosted by a long line of new roles on TV shows, including his Road Trips for ITV with fellow foodies Gordon Ramsay and Gino D'Acampo.

He has also appeared on Channel 4’s Tried And Tasted: The Ultimate Shopping List, BBC2’s My Million Pound Menu and Remarkable Places To Eat and even a CBBC game show called Step Up To The Plate.

He will be getting his own channel next.

Lorraine's bum fluff

BRIDGERTON’S Jonathan Bailey got cheeky on the Lorraine show when he shared a picture of himself having his bum touched up with a make-up artist’s brush.

But host Lorraine Kelly was downright saucy when she described the process as “fluffing”.

The red-faced ITV host later realised that fluffing was, in fact, something done between takes on adult movies to ensure men are, er, ready to perform.

Jonathan, who plays Anthony Bridgerton in the hit Netflix drama, was being buffed for a sex scene but said: “It was just to shine the botty.”

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