Jonnie Irwin shares peek at return to TV work as he opens up on 'mistake' of studio comeback

Jonnie Irwin shares peek at return to TV work as he opens up on 'mistake' of studio comeback

WATCH NOW: Jonnie Irwin teases return to screens as he works at BBC Radio Newcastle

Alex Davies

By Alex Davies

Published: 24/10/2023

- 09:58

The 49-year-old will be back on screens soon

Jonnie Irwin has been inundated with support after he shared a sneak peek at his latest work project.

The Escape to the Country star - who's been living with terminal cancer since 2020 - was back in the recording studio this week ahead of the release of a handful of short films he's made.

Irwin went public with his cancer diagnosis at the end of 2022 after the illness spread from his lung to his brain and took a break from presenting duties as a result.

But in 2023, Irwin's resilience has been there for all to see as he made a record-smashing return to Escape to the Country earlier this year and is now preparing for his short films to hit screens as part of the BBC's Morning Live.

Irwin took to Instagram to provide an update on how production on the short films is going, although admitted he made a slight error in his preparations for the new work project.

Alongside a clip of him in a recording booth at BBC studios, Irwin penned to his 227k followers: "Recorded the VO for the two short films we made for @bbcmorninglive.

Jonnie Irwin

Jonnie Irwin has been recording voiceovers for his new work projects


"Chose not to take electric bike which was a mistake," Irwin admitted before he continued: "I dusted off the push bike and soon realised the studios were up long climb (for me)."

But remaining as positive as ever, Irwin signed off: "Anyway I was a bit late but home now and glad of the exercise."

His return to work comes just days after he revealed he'd been fighting a chest infection as well, seeking out treatment after initially refusing to take antibiotics for the infection.

Excited at the prospect of seeing Irwin back on screens as well as being blown away by his work ethic as he continues to overcome his recent illness and battle with cancer, fans soon rushed to praise the former A Place in the Sun star.

"The fact you got and smashed the chest infection, proves how strong & resilient you are my friend !! Brilliant News," one person penned in response.

A second heaped on the praise: "You look so well Jonnie. Lovely to see you' got over your chest infection. Sending love and light to you and your family."

"Your positivity and courage and tenacity is inspiring. Wish you and your family all the best," a third weighed in.

While a fourth added to the compliments: "You look really well, keep busy and positive."

Jonnie Irwin filming

Jonnie Irwin first teased his Morning Live films earlier this month


Irwin first confirmed the return to work for Morning Live earlier this month as she shared a snap directly from the location he was filming at.

Alongside a member of the crew wielding a camera, Irwin expressed his excitement as he penned: "So good to be back filming for @bbcmorninglive.

"We’ve just shot two short films about renovating your home and what to look out for. I think my smug smile betrays the lack of a massive commute for once and the extra couple of hours I got in my scratcher as we filmed in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

"I’ll let you know when they are due to go out when I know myself. #onset #onlocation #bbcmorninglive #property #propertyrenovation #toon #newcastle." (sic)

The topic of renovating is one Irwin knows all too well not just because of his experience on property shows but also as he's taking on a huge home renovation himself.

Irwin has regularly provided updates from the renovations he's undertaking at his family's Newcastle home which he shares with his wife Jess and their three young sons, Rex, Rafa and Cormac.

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