Prunella Scales: Fawlty Towers actress suffering from ‘mild Alzheimer’s’, husband Timothy West confirms in More4 documentary
The actress reveals her illness in a new documentary for More4
Prunella Scales has “a sort of mild Alzheimer’s”, her husband Timothy West has confirmed.
West revealed the news about the Fawlty Towers actress, 81, during a documentary called Grand Canal Journeys, which is set to air on More4 later this month.
The programme follows the couple on a journey across four canals in Britain.
West, who is a supporter of Alzheimer’s Research UK, spoke movingly about her degenerative disease and described how the journeys help the actress with her memory difficulties.
“Pru has this condition,” he said. “It's sort of Alzheimer's but it isn't; it's quite mild.
“She can't remember things very well, but you don't have to remember things on the canal.
“You can just keep your mind absolutely vacant, enjoy things as they happen and as you see them, so it's perfect for her.”
“Well it can be a nuisance sometimes but it doesn't stop me being able to open a lock gate or make the skipper a cup of tea,” Scales added.
She is, however, determined not to let her memory affect her forthcoming performances on stage.
“I always say I want to die on the eighth curtain call,” she said.
“Eight will mean the show's been rather a success. I just hope I'm somewhere near the middle and have been reasonably good in the part.”
Grand Canal Journeys will be broadcast on More 4 on 10 March 2014 at 9pm.
West recently joined the Eastenders cast as the newest member of the Carter family, Stan.
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