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BBC Richard Osman’s House of Games: Bill Turnbull’s beautiful 30-year marriage and devastating cancer diagnosis

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TV presenter and journalist Bill Turnbull has had a long career spanning more than 40 years, but he is best known for hosting BBC Breakfast and ITV’s Good Morning Britain alongside Susanna Reid.

The Surrey-born presenter has lived all over the place, travelling for work from Scotland to Suffolk to Salford.

But what about his personal life? From a beautiful marriage to a devastating cancer diagnosis, there’s always been much more to Turnbull’s life than just reporting the news.

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Turnbull has been married to his wife Sarah for 33 years and the pair have two sons together named Henry and Will – who were born a year apart.

The couple also welcomed their daughter Flora into the world in 1991. His children are now all in their 20s.

Bill Turnbull has a special bond with Good Morning Britain’s Susanna Reid

Turnbull has worked with Susanna Reid on a number of shows over the past decade, and as a result the pair share a rather special bond.

Earlier this year, Turnbull was reunited once more with Susanna Reid as he stood in to co-anchor Good Morning Britain after Piers Morgan’s shock resignation.

At the time, Bill said: “I am very pleased to be back presenting on GMB, especially as I get to be reunited with my old pal Susanna.”

And Susanna added: “I am delighted Bill is back in the presenter chair at the GMB desk. He has been a beloved favourite of breakfast television viewers for years and a good friend of mine.”

The Wycombe Wanderers FC fan has a number of hobbies including beekeeping, chickens and dancing.

Back in 2005, he was a contestant in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing, pairing up with fan favourite pro dancer Karen Hardy.

Turnbull partnered up with Karen Hardy in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2005

Turnbull partnered up with Karen Hardy in the third series of Strictly Come Dancing back in 2005

Despite sustaining an ankle injury in week two, the couple made it though to week seven of the dancing competition, finishing in sixth place out of 12 contestants.

His life hasn’t always been fun and games though. In March 2018, Turnbull revealed that he had been diagnosed the previous November with prostate cancer.

Speaking publicly about his interview with The Radio Times about the time when he first learned he had been given roughly 10 years to live, he said: “You have to be positive, don’t you? I know I’m not going to get cured and I’m realistic about the long-term prospects, but they’re not bad.

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“Most importantly, I really do think I’ve had a wonderful life, with amazing experiences as a reporter and a presenter.

“And if it was all to end tomorrow, I couldn’t have any complaints. I’ve had a really marvellous time.”

And in an interview with Good Morning Britain last year, Turnbull told Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan that he had come to terms with the idea of dying.

He said: “I’ve developed quite a healthy relationship with death, I feel very, very calm about it because I’ve given it a lot of thought. There’s no way I’m going to imagine I can live forever, nor would I really want to.”

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