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Channel 4 greenlights “The Health Detectives”

U.K. pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned The Health Detectives, a 30-minute program on how the internet has changed the way we get medical advice. The Health Detectives investigates the many health fads ...
December 20, 2016

U.K. pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned The Health Detectives, a 30-minute program on how the internet has changed the way we get medical advice.

The Health Detectives investigates the many health fads and rumors that have circulated through social media, putting them up against the latest findings in medical science.

“With many of us turning to the internet to find a solutions to our health problems, this program takes a look at the solutions that have gone viral, as well as some of the health hoaxes on social media,” said Simone Haywood, commissioning editor, formats at Channel 4 (who commissioned the show alongside  Dom Bird, head of formats), in a statement.

Produced by Seven Network-backed UK prodco 7 Wonder, the program is hosted by Cherry Healey (pictured), Dr. Pixie McKenna and science journalist Dara Mohammadi.

Executive producers for The Health Detectives are 7 Wonder’s Jeremy Lee and Alexandra Fraser.

“Every day we are bombarded with unbelievable stories about our bodies on social media and in the tabloids, which leaves people unsure of what to believe is true,” added Lee. “The Health Detectives will address some of these stories, exploring the causes and science behind them, however cheeky they may be. We’re really excited about the show and building on our heritage of creating informative, yet entertaining programming.”

 

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Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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