The story of King Edward VIII is one that not only sticks in your memory but is the most unique ever to be heard in any monarchy around the world. Edward VIII was the first and probably the last King to be forced to abdicate the throne after the Archbishop Cosmon Gordon Lang believed that he was mocking the monarchy as he wanted to marry a twice-divorcee Wallis Simpson, who was also an American.
The TV show starts on Wednesday 9th May on Channel 4 and tells the whole story about how the Archbishop plotted to bring religion back to the UK, as Edward VIII was a staunch atheist, and rid the country of Edward’s uncouth ways. While the plot was looking like it would fail Lang decided to take even more drastic measures and employ the Prime Minister (Stanley Baldwin) after much pressure to join in the parade. Despite Edward VIII wanting to modernise the country his playboy attitude and shocking admission of wanting to marry Wallis led to his downfall and he was outed from the Royal Family, although didn’t give up the money so easily. That meant that the stuttering King George VI would arrive at the throne before Queen Elizabeth II who is still there some 60 years later and celebrates her Diamond Jubilee in June.
Channel 4 also sees a remarkable story of Katie Piper, a beautiful young lady who was attacked with acid and lost her sight and face. After 109 operations she looks almost back to her normal self except from her left eye and her 110th operation sees fit to change that. After 3.5 years of refusing to accept the fate of her left eye never working again, she took on the challenge to include stem cells to help rebuild her eye in a ground-breaking operation.
Stem cells are used in many countries to rebuild people’s lives yet many countries in the West are still researching the fact. However, with disabled people being made to walk again and repairing injured people so many times over in Thailand, China and Japan, it seems that the West is far behind in terms of medicine. The programme takes the journey into Katie’s life and explains how stem cells are used to help living people today, despite the ethical implications of using human embryos to generate the cells. This opicial surgery is set to be one of the first that the West has seen and with coverage like this on Channel 4 (Wednesday 9th May at 10.35pm) we could well be seeing the next generation of medical TV shows.
She refused to take no for an answer and tracked the doctor down who was willing to take the surgery on and put herself forward. After so many operations and a whole host of hurt, pain and suffering her face is remarkably different to when it was damaged from the acid attack. Her left eye is the only remaining part that is still injured, being completely blind in it, but after this futuristic surgery she hopes to be able to see again and bring much-needed exposure to stem cell surgeries so that others around the world can benefit from it. Watch as she goes through the pioneering surgery to rebuild her left eye and regain her sight again.