06 November 2020 02:39
Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story BBC Two ★★★★★ Frank Gardner was impressively frank in Being Frank: The Frank Gardner Story. So frank that he kicked off by introducing us to his gurgling, bubbling colostomy bag. I am lucky enough never to have encountered one and didn't realise that they can sound like someone blowing a raspberry. "It's literally farting through a hole in the side of my body," said the BBC security correspondent cheerfully. "Sometimes it happens when I'm on air." Frank's frankness continued.
When al-Qaeda terrorists pumped six bullets into him while he reported from Saudi Arabia in 2004 they wrecked his spine. The Irish cameraman Simon Cumbers was killed. "Spinal injuries tend to affect bladder, bowel and sexual function," Gardner said.