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VICKY McClure left viewers in tears tonight as her Our Dementia Choir documentary met families struggling with the severe brain condition.
The Line of Duty actress has close personal experience of dementia, through caring for her Nana Iris, who died in 2015.
During that period, and through her role with the Alzheimer’s Society, Vicky has seen first-hand how music and singing had affected dementia patients and those who love and care for them.
In the two-part series, she meets the scientists exploring pioneering techniques and cutting edge scanning technology in order to reveal how music can stimulate a brain damaged by dementia.
And, bringing her choir together, in just three months they’ll put on the biggest show of their lives with the opportunity to leave a lasting legacy in our understanding of how music therapy can help people with dementia.
The first episode introduced many of the families who live with dementia, and saw them rehearsing the song, Stand By Me.
Vicky met people with different types of dementia and at different stages.
The youngest choir member is 31-year-old Daniel who was diagnosed with a rare form of genetic Alzheimer’s two years ago.
A former drummer, Dan took part in a cutting edge experiment to see how his brainwaves are affected when he tries to play the drums again.
Viewers also met Chris, 67, and his wife Jane. Chris was diagnosed three years ago with frontotemporal dementia.
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This affects the part of the brain that controls behaviour making him sometimes unpredictable.
As the dementia sufferers and their loved ones opened up about how the disease affects their lives, viewers at home were in floods of tears.
Taking to Twitter, one wrote: "I'm here absolutely balling my eyes out at #OurDementiaChoir this is such an important programme!"
Another tweeted: "#OurDementiaChoir has got me right in the feels. what an amazing programme and @Vicky_McClure you are such a babe."
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