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NHS at 70: BBC announces special anniversary programming schedule
The BBC has revealed details of its programming to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS
The season, which runs from 25 June to 8 July, will look at every aspect of the NHS, commemorating the history of the health service and contemplating its future.
5 July 2018 marks 70 years since the birth of the fifth largest employer in the world. BBC News is working with organisations including The King's Fund, the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Nuffield Trust and The Health Foundation, who will address five of the most important questions facing the NHS at 70.
A 90 minute event is to be broadcast live from a hospital on BBC Two. Hosted by Nick Robinson and Anita Rani, this give audiences a chance to contribute to the wider conversation around the NHS.
BBC’s Head of Current Affairs Joanna Carr says, “Our national health service is one of the most hotly debated, celebrated, and scrutinised British institutions. As the NHS marks a 70 year milestone, the BBC will launch an exciting season of programmes across television and radio looking at the history and the future of the NHS, with the help of independent research think tanks, famous faces, historians and of course, the many staff who work across all areas of the NHS. We hope this season of programmes truly embodies the BBC’s Reithian mission to inform, educate and entertain.”
To Provide All People, a drama commissioned by BBC Wales and written by acclaimed poet Owen Sheers, features a cast of including Michael Sheen, Eve Myles, Sian Phillips, Martin Freeman, Meera Syal, Tamsin Grieg and Michelle Collins. The film will chart the emotional and philosophical map of the NHS and the personal experiences that lie at the heart of the service, from patients to surgeons, porters to midwives.
Radio 3 will mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS with a a symphony composed entirely from the sounds of the health service and the words of its staff and patients.