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Friday 14th December 2018

Gogglebox's Steph and Dom Parker to present medicinal cannabis documentary

They are examining an issue close to their hearts

Former Gogglebox stars Steph and Dom Parker are to present a programme exploring whether cannabis can help their son, who suffers from severe epilepsy and autism.

The married couple, who appeared on the Channel 4 show between 2013 and 2016, will explore whether medical cannabis could be "the miracle cure" for 18-year-old Max, who is currently being refused the treatment.

The made-for-television film will follow Steph, 52, Dom, 56, and their daughter Honor, 15, as they meet families who have been prescribed cannabis oil.

Florence Foster Jenkins World Premiere – London

Steph and Dom Parker explore the benefits and risks of medical cannabis in Channel 4’s Can Cannabis Save Our Son? (Credit: Ian West/PA)

Emerging evidence suggests medicinal cannabis and cannabis oil could help conditions and illnesses including epilepsy and inflammatory bowel disease.

However, the negative effects are not fully understood.

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We’re seeing the real Steph and Dom – no holds barred – as they shine an overdue light on this critical issue.

The 60-minute programme follows recent high-profile cases such as that of 13-year-old Billy Caldwell, who was granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis.

The couple found fame on Gogglebox (Credit: Splash)

Channel 4 commissioning editor for education Emily Jones said: "This is an emotional and very timely story that echoes the real-life dilemma faced by many families in the UK, and we're grateful to Steph and Dom for being brave enough to share their hugely personal experience."

Executive producer of Frieda.TV Jon Lloyd said: "It's a privilege to be given such total access to tell this unique family’s heartbreaking yet inspirational story.

"We’re seeing the real Steph and Dom – no holds barred – as they shine an overdue light on this critical issue."

The couple left Gogglebox in 2016 (Credit: Channel 4)

Since leaving Gogglebox, Steph and Dom have enjoyed huge success.

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They currently write a column for Daily Mail and have their own talkRADIO show, while it's just been confirmed they will also front a new Channel 4 series, Escape to the Manor Hotel.

The new programme will see Steph and Dom - who are hoteliers - meeting families who want to open their own historic hotels.

They'll help the families make their dreams of running a successful hotel a reality.

"Let’s hope we can inspire some of these new hoteliers! Quick sticks and chin chin!" they said recently.

Michelle Heeley, Executive Producer, Freeform Production said: "We are thrilled to be making this series for C4. The hoteliers we are meeting are awe inspiring - they are determined to make their dream of running a hotel work. And Steph and Dom are the perfect hosts - of course they are great company but they also have masses of experience from running their own hotel."

Steph & Dom: Can Cannabis Save Our Son? is produced by Frieda.TV.

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