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Why do we love medical dramas?

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28 September 2015

Episode 207

30 minutes

Everywhere in the world viewers love the drama of doctors, nurses, patients, blood and guts, love and loss, procedure and trauma. We ask the people behind some of the top medical dramas, both real-life and fictional, why the hospital is such a good setting for a TV show.

28 September 2015

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Chapter 1

12 minutes

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Chapter 1

24 Hours in A&E

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The people behind Channel 4’s hit documentary series tell us how they capture the real-life drama of a London emergency room, where heroes emerge and how tender moments are revealed when injury and tragedy rear their ugly heads.

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Chapter 2

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The medical advisers who bring Shortland Street’s hospitals to life

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Reporter Anna Pearson heads to the set of New Zealand’s hit medical drama ‘Shortland Street’ to meet the nurses who advise actors on how to treat their fictional patients – a job that involves a lot of fake blood, pretend CPR and a fair amount of pig skin.

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‘Taste of Life’: The Cambodian medical drama made for a good cause

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‘Taste of Life’ was a British/Cambodian production that was commissioned to raise awareness about HIV in the Southeast Asian country. Scriptwriter Matthew Baylis tells Monocle how you write a medical drama with a practical message and how you adapt a western format for an eastern audience.

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