Roman Kemp making male suicide documentary for BBC
- Bang Showbiz
- 6 January 2021
Roman Kemp is reportedly working on a BBC documentary about male suicide following his close friend's death last summer
Roman Kemp is reportedly making a BBC documentary about male suicide following his close friend's death.
The radio DJ was left heartbroken after his colleague and friend Joe Lyons – who was a producer on his Capital breakfast show – tragically died last summer.
According to The Sun newspaper's Bizarre TV column, Roman is set to talk intimately about the fallout from the devastating news in the one-off special, and investigate high male suicide rates and what can be done to help those who are struggling.
The programme comes after the 'I'm A Celebrity' star urged his listeners to speak to friends and family if they are struggling after Joe – whose cause of death has not been confirmed – passed away.
A source told the publication: "Roman now wants to send that message in a more formal way with a whole show dedicated to Joe, in the hope it helps others.
“With so many people isolating due to the pandemic and feeling detached from their normal lives and friends, it was felt this message of support could not come at a better time and will hopefully make a difference to those who may well be experiencing similar feelings.”
Roman – along with his co-hosts Sian Welby and Sonny Jay – was given time off after Joe's sudden death, and upon his return he paid an emotional tribute to his friend.
He said at the time: "I lost my best friend, and I was completely devastated.
"His family, his friends, me, my family, my mum and dad know him very well...and I really want to make sure that I use this time right now to say that if you are struggling, then please know that you can reach out.
"There is always someone that you can talk to. Your family, friends, colleagues, or anyone...anyone from the support charities that are out there.
"At ITV, there is the mental wellness initiative called Britain Get Talking which encourages all of us to reach out and talk to someone.
"So, for more information and help, please visit itv.com/britaingettalking."