UK pubcaster BBC3 has commissioned medical debate format Surgery on Show (w/t) from Manchester- and London-based indie prodco Gobstopper Television.
The 6 x 60-minute series looks at cosmetic surgery in Great Britain, where nearly half of 18-34-year-olds report considering going under the knife. Each episode follows seven individuals considering the same procedure, each accompanied by an opinionated friend or family member — all given the opportunity to watch the operation performed in a state-of-the-art surgical theater.
The group will discuss and debate the pros and cons of the operations and explore their own motivations with the help of experts and studio guests with experience of the procedures in question.
Surgery on Show was commissioned by Damian Kavanagh, while he was controller of BBC3, and David Brindley, head of commissioning, popular factual and factual entertainment, at BBC. Ricky Cooper serves as commissioning executive. The series’ EPs at Gobstopper are CEO Ross McCarthy (pictured) and Mandy Thomson.
“Surgery on Show will bring the balanced truth about cosmetic surgery to our audience via lively debate as well as, of course, the sight of the procedure itself taking place,” said Brindley in a statement. “We hope this series helps to inform anyone considering a cosmetic procedure to make the best decision for them, with the fullest information available.”
“In a world where there has never been more pressure to look Insta-perfect, it’s vital that audiences make informed choices about changing their bodies — something each and every one of them has the right to do without judgement, but with all the facts,” added McCarthy.