“Seventy-five per cent of my life I can keep in a normal context. I have to confess that the 25 per cent is my bogey man… It’s the place where I don’t like to linger for long.”
Those were the words of Jim McWade in a Wales This Week film called ‘Living With Dementia’ which was broadcast last year.
The film followed Jim, who suffers with Alzheimer’s Disease, and his wife Maureen, and Peter Oldacre, who was looking after his wife Ann.
The programme was now been shortlisted for a Guild of Health Writers’ award. It is up against three items from BBC network news and a programme from BBC Radio 4 in the Best Broadcast Programme category.
You can read about the making of the programme on the ITV Wales blog and watch the film in two parts here.
Merthyr Tydfil is most often in the news for the wrong reasons.
But statistics about poor health and high unemployment don’t tell the whole story.
In this programme, Merthyr-born reporter Hannah Thomas goes behind the headlines to try to find the true heart of her home town.
One point made, in particular, about the stats that leaves the town on the wrong end of too many league tables is that the size and economic make up of the borough skews the figures.
Because Merthyr is such a tiny unitary authority with many deprived wards and no affluent areas its average is always much lower than anywhere else. In other words it has no wealthy streets to balance things out.
The programme has received an incredible response.
Watch Wales This Week: ‘The Real Merthyr’ here.
Seventy years ago the people of Cardiff and Swansea were suffering hardship, injury and death as the Luftwaffe increased its raids against British cities.
January 1941 saw a bomb cause severe damage to Llandaff Cathedral while, in February, Swansea became one of the first cities to suffer three consecutive nights of bombing.
A special programme on the Welsh Blitz, which was shown on the 70th anniversary of the Swansea Three Night Blitz, is available on the ITV Wales website.
You can watch it here.