The BBC is guiding viewers through modern medical breakthroughs in its latest science-focused commissions.
Life on the Ward (w/t) will take audiences inside one of London’s biggest hospitals, while The Wonderful World of Babies (w/t) explores the minds of infants.
“These two titles signal our commitment to contemporary and cutting-edge science and its impact on our lives,” said Tom McDonald, head of commissioning, natural history and specialist factual, in a statement. “From the pioneering work of the NHS to new research on babies and their development, these commissions will bring our audiences privileged insight into extraordinary worlds.”
Life On The Ward is a two-part series that marks the 70th anniversary of Britain’s National Health Service. Spending time inside King’s College Hospital, the series aims to show viewers the personalities behind the teams that work within the institution.
The series will also feature celebrities who previously used NHS services returning to the hospital to learn more about its innerworkings. Reporter Stacey Dooley, who was in and out of the hospital as a child, will work in its cardiac labs. Paralympic Gold medalist Jonnie Peacock, who lost his lower right leg as a child due to meningitis, will work alongside theatre support workers.
Life On The Ward will be made by BBC Studios’ science unit. Helen Thomas will serve as executive producer. It was commissioned by McDonald and Charlotte Moore, director of content. Craig Hunter is the BBC commissioning editor.
Elsewhere, The Wonderful World of Babies for BBC2 will bring together Britain’s top experts in child development and dozens of families across the country to conduct research into the first two years of a child’s life.
The 3 x 60-minute series is made by Voltage TV and is a co-production with the Wellcome Trust. It was commissioned by McDonald and Patrick Holland, controller, BBC2. Executive producers are Sanjay Singhal and Fiona Caldwell.
The BBC commissioning editor is Craig Hunter and the executive producer for Wellcome is Lucy McDowell.