A Christmas special, The Hairy Bikers: Coming Home for Christmas, will feature people who have been vital in Dave Myers' battle against cancer.

The show will hit BBC Two on December 19, at 9pm.

The special, featuring television duo the Hairy Bikers, will be personal and intimate, according to Barrow-born Dave Myers.

Dave, who has been battling cancer for the past 18 months, said: "It’s a very different programme, it’s very personal, it’s very close to our hearts. It’s a very brave programme."

The show will feature Dave and co-star Si King sharing food with various individuals who Dave says he 'owes his life to'.

"There’s the nurses, the consultants, the physiotherapists who taught me to walk again. There was a guy who sold me a motorbike and got me back onto bikes, because I had to learn to ride again," said Dave.

The upcoming festive programme is described by the chef as a "glorious celebration of life and Christmas."

Recounting the show he said: "It’s a beautiful programme that we are both very proud of.

"It’s a Christmas I never thought I’d be here to enjoy and thanks to these people I am which I’m heartily grateful for. It’s not closure as I’m still having treatment but it’s a bloody good milestone."

He also shared how important it was for the pair to get back together to create the Christmas special.

The Hairy Biker said: "I really wanted to, as did Si, show our gratitude.

"We’ve opened ourselves up enough without oversharing too much. The programme is really honest and from the heart.

"It’s been amazing getting back on the bikes together, we set off down the road and Si was leading so I didn’t have to think about where I was going. That feeling of again doing what we’ve done for 30 years was magical."

Speaking about the role of friends, family, and food in his recovery process, Dave said he was "really sad for those people who have to go through it on their own."

He said: "Knowing Si has been there is fantastic.

"A lot of the credit has to also go to my wife, she’s been there through it all with me from the start."

About food he said: "Sometimes I have to give myself a good talking to because if you’re feeling rough, you don’t feel like eating but you have to do it.

"There are moments when you get back into food that you look forward to it again. It’s important to find things that you like as well during that journey. It's the stuff of life."

Pancit noodles earned a "legendary status" for him during this time.

For Dave, the essence of Christmas extends beyond food, signifying a time of family, togetherness, and good wine.

Reflecting on his early holiday memories, Myers shared his dad's tradition of making turkey giblet soup every Christmas Eve.

Discussing his favourite Christmas traditions, Myers said: "We used to do it a lot more in Barrow-in-Furness but it was going to midnight mass on Christmas Eve".