Dave Myers thanks his health carers with a special Christmas dinner as he reunites with Si King to film first Hairy Bikers episode since his cancer battle

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Dave Myers and Si King have reunited as The Hairy Bikers for a new festive special of the popular TV show, after Dave’s cancer diagnosis.

The TV chef, 66, announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer in May 2022 and he is currently still undergoing treatment for the disease.

But he has returned to work with his best friend and co-star Si, 57, and expressed his joy at being able to come back to filming and give his family a break, who for months were constantly by his side.

He said: ‘It impacts on the family. It’s so difficult for my wife and family you know, that not knowing, your future is completely turned upside down.

‘To some extent you learn to live with it because you have to or else you’d go mad. That’s one reason why I was desperate to go back to work – it’s my normality. And to get back to work with Kingy, it’s what I’ve known for 20 odd years now.

Dave Myers and Si King have reunited as The Hairy Bikers for a new festive special of the popular TV show, after Dave's cancer diagnosis

Dave Myers and Si King have reunited as The Hairy Bikers for a new festive special of the popular TV show, after Dave’s cancer diagnosis

The TV chef, 66, announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer in May 2022, but has returned to work with his best friend and co-star Si, 57, and expressed his joy at being able to come back to filming and give his family a break

The TV chef, 66, announced that he had been diagnosed with cancer in May 2022, but has returned to work with his best friend and co-star Si, 57, and expressed his joy at being able to come back to filming and give his family a break

Dave also had the added delight at being able to thank his health carers with a slap-up Christmas dinner

Dave also had the added delight at being able to thank his health carers with a slap-up Christmas dinner

‘And also I think for my wife as well, it gave her some freedom away from me. I felt good about being able to let her have time to herself, albeit to go to the gym or a spa, just to have some of her time, because it’s been so all-encompassing.’

Dave also had the added delight at being able to thank his health carers with a slap-up Christmas dinner. 

The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas sees the two chefs cooking a special meal for all the medical staff who have helped Dave on his road to recovery.

Sat around the table together, Dave emotionally raised a glass to the health heroes for what he says is ‘a Christmas I didn’t think I’d be around to enjoy’.

Opening up on his experience in hospital, he revealed that the nurses kindly smuggled in special treats for him and also helped give ideas for the Bikers’ new cook book, Ultimate Comfort Food.

He said: ‘A lot of the ideas in the book have come from the nurses because when you’re on chemo you’ve got a lot of time, so the nurses come and chat about food. They’re from all over the world and they bring me food, which is very kind.’

He joked: ‘Sometimes it’s a bit difficult to eat a cheesecake while you’re having chemo but I seemed to cope quite well with it.

‘We said, “We’re doing this book on comfort food, myself and Si”. [They’d reply] “Oh, well, we have this in our country and we have that”.

The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas sees the two chefs cooking a special meal for all the medical staff who have helped Dave on his road to recovery

The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas sees the two chefs cooking a special meal for all the medical staff who have helped Dave on his road to recovery

Dave and Si have been taking to their motorbikes once again in recent months, to film for a new Hairy Bikers series out next year

Dave and Si have been taking to their motorbikes once again in recent months, to film for a new Hairy Bikers series out next year

‘When I haven’t been eating they’ve come up from the kitchen and said “Look, can we get anything in?” I said “Do you know, for breakfast just some toast, peanut butter and jam”. 

‘They don’t do peanut butter because of allergies, and it was like “We’ll find you a pot”.

‘So things like that were very kind. People didn’t have to do that. Things like in the canteen for the nurses they do real chips rather than just salad. So I’m saying “I couldn’t have like chips with my panini?” “Yeah alright Dave”. Just really kind people.’

Dave and Si have been taking to their motorbikes once again in recent months, to film for a new Hairy Bikers series out next year.

The BBC Two travel series, Hairy Bikers Go West, will see the duo travel from Scotland to Devon across eight episodes. 

Dave said although show bosses tried to reduce the length of his work days, he still managed to keep at it sometimes for up to ten hours to record the episodes.

The Hairy Bikers rose to fame with their popular cooking programmes but have slowed down their busy schedule due to Dave’s health.

Dave, who has not revealed what type of cancer he has, said he had endured ’30 lots’ of chemotherapy over the past year. 

The BBC Two travel series, Hairy Bikers Go West, will see the duo travel from Scotland to Devon across eight episodes (pictured in October)

The BBC Two travel series, Hairy Bikers Go West, will see the duo travel from Scotland to Devon across eight episodes (pictured in October) 

He recently detailed the tearful moment he was able to get back on his motorbike again for the first time since his cancer diagnosis

He recently detailed the tearful moment he was able to get back on his motorbike again for the first time since his cancer diagnosis 

 

He recalled the emotional moment as he gave a health update, saying he and Si were left in tears when he was able to ride again after buying himself a brand new vehicle earlier this year

He recently detailed the tearful moment he was able to get back on his motorbike again for the first time since his cancer diagnosis.

He has previously told how at times he was too ill to walk and unable to ride his motorcycle due to his health struggles. 

Dave recalled the emotional moment as he gave a health update, saying he and Si were left in tears when he was able to ride again.

He told the Yorkshire Post: ‘It’s been hard but I’m not the only one and I’m getting through it and I’m back at work.

‘I’ve had to learn to walk again and ride my bike again, and to get on my bike again with Kingy in the sunshine brought tears to both our eyes.’

Si added: ‘He’s a proper scrapper and he’s on good form. It’s been an emotional rollercoaster for everybody who loves and cares about Dave.’ 

The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas will air on BBC2 on December 19. 



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