Channel 4 has commissioned UK-based documentary and factual producer Wonderhood Studios, for a three-part series following surgical oncologists using new technology to attempt to save or prolong their patients’ lives.
Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life (3 x 60 minutes) is made in partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support, and is produced by the team behind the previous Channel 4 series Baby Surgeons. The series has access to The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, a specialist cancer hospital that’s a world leader in new surgical technology, and follows the stories of the surgeons’ patients with difficult-to-treat cancers.
The series covers the impact cancer has on patients and their loved ones, and the NHS’ work at extra capacity to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Super Surgeons is executive produced for Wonderhood Studios by James W Newton and Katharine Patrick, and produced and directed by Joy Ash. Series director is Ben Rumney. BBC Studios is distributing the series internationally.
“Super Surgeons: A Chance at Life will give us profound insight into the lives of patients requiring life-saving surgery and a unique perspective on cancer from the consultants treating them,” Newton and Patrick said in a statement. “It will show the courageous decision-making by both patients and surgeons and reveal the courage and hope that carry patients through their treatment at such a difficult time in their lives.”