2m watch Lynda’s last interview

Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Around 2 million people watched the late Lynda Bellingham’s final interview on Loose Women – doubling the show’s usual audience.

Viewers tuning in to ITV yesterday saw her describing her hopes for the Christmas she would never see.

The actress had hoped for one more festive season after choosing to end treatment for her cancer, but died at the weekend, just days after making her decision public.

In the interview for Loose Women, on which she had been a regular panellist for a number of years, she assured her friends and colleagues that all would be “fine” and said she longed to be remembered for her honesty.

The programme recorded a peak audience of 2 million, a million more than usual, according to ratings figures.

Bellingham died in the arms of her husband, Michael Pattemore, at the age of 66 after cancer spread from her colon to other parts of her body.

She recorded her last interview earlier this month, saying she was “obsessed” with Christmas and was determined to see one more.

“Bloody right I am! I am. I AM,” she insisted, during the interview with Janet Street Porter and Coleen Nolan in front of a studio audience, which included Mr Pattemore.

Bellingham was given a standing ovation as she entered the studio and went on to say how she wished to be remembered: “Just as an honest person. Honesty. We’ve been through this as Loose Women – you can’t do Loose Women unless you’re honest.

“You can’t hide anything, it really is honest when we answer questions. That’s why I felt I could write about it and people would trust.

“Trust is a huge thing. Not just as an actor, not just as a lover, not just as a wife, that trust thing. Just to say ‘You could trust her’. As you know, I wanted to win an Oscar at 75 for Best Newcomer! Sadly that’s gone out of the window.”

Published: Thursday 23rd October 2014 by The News Editor

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