Celebrity Quitters Premiere

Monday 18th January 7.30pm

Five celebrity smokers attempt to kick the habit in this new factual series. Linda Robson, John Burton Race, Chloe Madeley, Paul Danan and Derek Acorah each have a personal motive for wanting to quit. They will employ a variety of methods in an effort to wean themselves off the killer weed. Can they erase smoking from their lives and overcome the horrors of withdrawal?

Every weeknight over the course of two weeks, viewers have the chance to follow a group of celebrities in their bid to stop smoking. These five well-known faces have little in common other than their avid desire to ditch tobacco for good.

TV psychic Derek Acorah is the heaviest smoker of the group, puffing his way through 40-50 cigarettes a day. Derek is about to turn 60 and he knows that his habit is a medical time bomb waiting to go off.

‘Birds of a Feather’ star Linda recently started smoking again after 17 years on the wagon. With a family history of smoking and heart disease, she is determined to live long enough to see her grandchildren grow up.

Michelin-starred chef John Burton Race runs a restaurant in Dartmouth. John wants to quit for the sake of his five-year-old son and arrest his own deteriorating health and fitness.

Actor Paul Danan is best known for his role as Sol Patrick in ‘Hollyoaks’, which he played between 1997 and 2001. Paul is desperate to give up smoking, especially after being told his ‘lung age’ is 46 years – 15 more than his actual age.

TV presenter Chloe Madeley is the daughter of Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan. Despite being the youngest of the group, the model and occasional journalist realises that it is never too early to stub out cigarettes.

Under the watchful eye of GP Dr Ayan Panja and clinical psychologist Dr Cecilia d’Felice, the participants learn more about the diseases that come from smoking and take on challenges that push them to their limits. As they begin to confront their fears, the five learn more about themselves. They also come to understand why the choice they make – whether to be a smoker or a quitter – is one of the defining decisions of their lives.

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