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First Cut: Sex, Lies and Parkinson's

Channel 4

August 02 2011

On Valentine’s Day in 2007, paediatric nurse and mother of two, Vicki was diagnosed with Young-onset Parkinson’s.  This film follows Vicki as she attempts to come to terms with her condition and what it means for her future.  Battling the debilitating effects of a progressive neuro-degenerative disease is hard for Vicki, but she also has to contend with the compulsive behaviour brought on by the medication. Side effects include an overwhelming desire for sex, shopping and an addiction to the internet, all of which threaten to destroy her relationship with long term partner Ken. Add in the drinking and partying every weekend, and it’s easy to see why Vicki’s family life is suffering. This year Vicki turns 40; she wants to turn her life around and face her illness head on. 

Director/Producer:
Oliver Cheetham  

Producer:
James Rogan

Exec Producer:
Roger Graef