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Stuke explains Father's Day film

Neil Stuke has said men need to catch up with women in getting themselves regularly tested for cancer.

The Silk star has co-produced and stars in new short film Father's Day with Ray Winstone, Charles Dance, John Simm and Tamzin Outhwaite to air on ITV4 this Father's Day as part of a campaign for Prostate Cancer UK.

Neil revealed: "We're trying to target men in general of a certain age, 50 and above. Having Ray on board we're hoping we can get football fans who wouldn't normally talk about such issues or go to the doctor.

"One man dies every hour in this country of prostate cancer and when people hear that statistic it changes everything.

"I think women are just far more aware of all these things and they get sent appointments through the letterbox telling them when they've got to get themselves checked for cervical and breast cancer, and this just doesn't happen with men."

The former Game On star plays clerk Billy in hit legal drama Silk, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the end of the last series.

Neil said: "It's exactly because of Billy and Silk that I got involved with prostate cancer, because Prostate Cancer UK got in touch with me and asked if I'd help in any way. And I've tried to help as best I can.

"Tamzin Outhwaite's father was a prostate cancer sufferer who is now in remission, some of Ray's friends are having treatment for prostate cancer. Charlie the producer's father is unfortunately dying of prostate cancer and Peter Moffat, who wrote Silk, his father died during the first series of Silk. So it was fairly important for everybody to do this.

"You're led to believe it's a gangster-style heist movie and the twist is that we're actually a group of people all suffering from the various stages of prostate cancer. And it's about trying to get men to open up and discuss these issues. And the message is to go and get yourself tested."

::Go to prostatecanceruk.org or phone the hotline 08000748383 to talk to trained nurses. Father's Day airs on ITV4 at 11.15pm on Sunday June 16 2013.

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