Care: TV drama to reveal anguish of dementia

There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, with the number predicted to rise to more than a million by 2025.

Around 70 per cent of people in care homes have dementia or severe memory problems, according to the Alzheimer’s Society.

Unpaid carers supporting someone with dementia save the economy an estimated £11billion-a-year.

Ms Juckes said: “It has been a great experience working with Jimmy and a wonderful opportunity to write about a subject very close to my heart.”

Bafta award winner Sheridan Smith, 37, previously starred alongside Alison Steadman, 72, in hit BBC comedy series Gavin And Stacey.

Irish actress Sinead Keenan, 40, is best known for her roles in Little Boy Blue, Being Human, and London Irish.

Care will be broadcast on BBC One on Sunday, December 9, at 9pm.

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