BBC Catchpoint: How Ore Oduba suffers from PTSD after he nearly died filming for a TV series


Ore Oduba burst onto TV as a presenter on CBBC where he became a regular on first Newsround and then Sportsround and Match of the Day Kickabout.

He later moved on to BBC Breakfast as the sports presenter before in 2019 turning his hand to musical theatre.

But it was on a different kind of show entirely that Ore had a lucky escape which he now says he thinks he has PTSD as a result of.

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Ore, 35, appeared in Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins this year and has opened up about the effect the experience has had on him ahead of the launch of the series at the start of the month.

He says although he hasn’t been diagnosed he thinks he might be suffering from PTSD type symptoms.

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At one point during the filming of a tough river challenger Ore was pulled from the river unresponsive after passing out and was unconscious for half a minute before medics could bring him round.

He told the Sun : “They pulled me out and got me in the Jeep. The guys told me I was unresponsive for about 30 seconds.”

Ore also reflected on coming home after the gruelling experience: “I was battered. My hands were in bandages, cuts to the face and various things.

“My son was the first person I saw after coming home and when he saw the bandages he asked: ‘Are you OK, daddy?’

“I spontaneously broke down in tears. The reality of what I’d been through physically hit when my two-year-old son asked if I was OK.

Ore broke down in tears after returning home from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins
Ore broke down in tears after returning home from Celebrity SAS: Who Dares Wins

“You have to suspend a lot of the things you’d feel in normal life to exist in that world.

“It’s only when you relax after coming home that it hits you.

“This has gone undiagnosed, but it’s a feeling I’ve never felt before. Having gone through that week, it would be accurate to say I had an element of PTSD following the show.

“This isn’t to say it wasn’t dealt with during the aftercare and by the psychologists we had. I’ve dealt with it and moving through it.”

Fortunately Ore and the other celebs who took part have been supporting each other and staying in touch over WhatsApp, describing the bond as a “special relationship”.

You can catch Ore on BBC One’s Catchpoint gameshow at 6pm.

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