BBC Two has given the green-light to Britain’s Best Junior Doctors, a five episode medical quiz show that will be hosted by Jo Brand and feature Dr Helen Lawal as the in-house medical expert.
“Hooray! Another chance to berate junior doctors for their lack of knowledge” Haven’t done that since 1988″, Jo Brand said. “Seriously though, I’m really looking forward to bringing a sumptuous array of junior doctors and their encyclopaedic knowledge into your homes. It’s like University Challenge but it’s medical… fingers on organs teams!”
Britain’s Best Junior Doctor will feature eight teams of three of the best junior doctors from different hospitals across the country. The contestants will tackle an array of rigorous questions ranging from diagnosing a patient’s symptoms, prioritising cases in a mock A+E department and getting stuck in with their chosen specialism. With four heats and a final, two teams face each other in each individual heat and then the two highest scoring winners from the heats will go head to head in Friday’s final to find out which team will be crowned Britain’s Best Junior Doctors.
Set to air later this year as part of the BBC’s season of programming to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the NHS, the quiz show was commissioned by Kate Phillips, the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioning. The Commissioning Editor is Kalpna Patel-Knight. ITV Studios’ label Shiver is producing, with Steve Biggs serving as the series producer. The executive producer is Shiver’s Creative Director Richard Hastings.
“The knowledge that Britain’s junior doctors have to absorb in preparation for becoming the country’s GPs, surgeons and medical specialists is extraordinary”, Hastings said in a statement. “Britain’s Best Junior Doctors will celebrate this in a new and fun way whilst providing viewers with great medical and health takeout. With Jo and Helen bringing their own personal insight to proceedings, we believe this show will be really special.”