Embarrassing Bodies

8:00pm Tuesday, December 18 on C4

In this one-off special, patients who previously Skyped live to Embarrassing Bodies, receive treatment arranged for them as a result. Among the patients returning to meet Dr Christian and Dr Dawn is a man who had a problem with swollen testicles and a woman with a cyst in a very embarrassing area.

9:00pm Thursday, October 18 on C4

As part of Channel 4′s week of Stand Up To Cancer programming, the Embarrassing Bodies doctors take an emotional medical journey with cancer patients. Dr Christian meets Josh, who tragically lost half his face following the diagnosis of a rare cancer, orbital melanoma. He also meets Danny, who’s been diagnosed with bladder cancer at just 39. Forty-nine-year-old Julie comes to see Dr Dawn having overcome breast cancer eight years ago and hoping to now have her breasts rebuilt with a pioneering technique. And Dr Dawn meets 22-year-old Natalie as she undergoes radiotherapy for cervical cancer. Dr Pixie offers a guide to the pitfalls of bowel cancer. And celebrities share their personal stories of how cancer has affected them; including Peter Andre, Ken Hom, Jenny Frost, John Hartson, Matt Dawson and Dawn Porter.

The Embarrassing Bodies My HealthChecker iPhone app has raced to the top of the free chart on iTunes App Store with well over 300,000 downloads so far, following the start of the new series of Embarrassing Bodies: Live from the Clinic on Channel 4 last Tuesday.

The My HealthChecker application enables users to utilise particular functions of the iPhone such as its audio capabilities and touch sensitivity to carry out a range of self-checks.

New tests available include eyesight and colour blindness tests, as well as memory and lung function tests, and users can track their results over time – and even compare them anonymously with the hundreds of thousands of other users. Continue reading »

9:00pm Monday, April 23 on C4

The team hits the highlands, and Dr Dawn sets up camp at a festival where she meets a man with a problem under his kilt. Professor Val gets up close and personal with sweat, Dr Pixie hears about the condition that’s stopping a woman from having sex, Dr Christian meets a woman who’s been struggling to hide her growing problem for seven years, and two sisters discuss their rare skin condition that means each night they grow as much skin as most people would in 14 days.

Channel 4 has commissioned a second series of Embarrassing Bodies: Live From the Clinic, the fully interactive series which allows viewers to see a doctor “out of hours”, obtaining medical advice and learn more about their condition, without leaving their own homes.

Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Dawn Harper will be joined by a team of GPs and specialists to provide live consultations to as many viewers as possible via Skype, in a purpose-built state of the art studio. The studio will be in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, the largest critical care unit in Europe and the UKs largest single site hospital.

Made by Maverick Television, the show will also feature cutting edge operations, treatments, medical trials and live biopsies, to increase the audience’s understanding of embarrassing conditions and ensure viewers can learn more about the latest treatments available. The team will also be exploring the truth behind the health headlines and de-bunk medical scares.

There are also ambitions to expand Embarrassing Bodies’ well known expertise in teaching the nation how to self-check their bodies, and the audience at home will be encouraged to join in with the long established success of testicle and breast checks, live via Skype.

The programme will again have a strong multi-platform presence and build on the huge success of the Embarrassing Bodies website http://www.channel4.com/bodies which has surpassed twelve million visitors to date.

More than 450,000 people have already registered with My HealthChecker, which enables users to take a variety of medical checks, get advice on how to improve their health and compare their results anonymously with other users.

For this new series, users will also be able to download for free the My HealthChecker application on their iPhones, utilising particular functions of the iPhone such as its audio capabilities and touch sensitivity to carry out self-tests. New tests available range from eye and colour blindness tests to memory and lung function tests, and users can seamlessly move between the phone app and the website to track their results over time, and even share them with their GP.

Other new features include an expanded My VideoDoctor, a groundbreaking video symptom checker through which users can interact with the Embarrassing Bodies doctors as if face to face, responding to their questions to get guidance on the best next step for their symptoms.

The production team is again working closely with the Department of Health in order to provide innovative ways for patients to engage with their services as well as saving the NHS money. The first series resulted in savings for the NHS of £400,000, roughly the equivalent of four fully equipped ambulances or 19 nurses’ starting salaries.

Embarrassing Bodies: Live From the clinic was commissioned by Channel 4 Features Commissioning Editor Kate Teckman, and will be executive produced by Sarah Eglin. The series will air in May.

Kate Teckman said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the series is back. We’ve had a fantastic response from viewers last year and there’s clearly a huge demand for the doctors’ no-nonsense advice available in the programme and on the website. I believe that this series will be even more compelling to viewers by being more innovative and interactive.”

Adam Gee, Channel 4 Multiplatform Commissioning Editor, said: “New technology offers huge potential to healthcare in general and our NHS in particular to improve and personalise the patient experience; enable self-monitoring and therefore earlier diagnosis; and prevent waste and delay. The interactive aspects and new apps for Embarrassing Bodies Live From the Clinic are real pathfinders – demonstrating on a mainstream scale how people will engage with their own health and take a preventive approach given easy and fun to use tools.”

Channel 4 has also commissioned My MoleChecker, an iPhone application which offers users a chance to photograph and track their moles over time, share with GPs, and receive reminders for regular check-ups. The app shows what to look out for and provides an extensive set of photos with which to compare your own moles so you can spot if anything concerning may be going on. It will be followed by My SelfChecker which offers viewers a set of self-checks – for breasts, vulva, testicles, etc. – to help them practise a preventive approach to various forms of cancer and other conditions by picking up any signs or symptoms early on.

In an interview with Radio Times, Embarrassing Bodies star, Dr Christian Jessen, has branded Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, “fake and old fashioned.”

Dr Jessen said, “I hate his machismo b*llocks – excuse my language, I didn’t mean that…

“But it’s so incredibly fake and old-fashioned.

“He really needs to move on, get in touch with his feminine side and get a decent haircut.”

I wonder how he feels about Jeremy’s affair then, if he’s that angry about his hairdo ;-)

Dr Jessen, who can be seen later this month in Channel 4’s new show ‘Live from the Clinic’, went on to discuss the fact that he’d be quite happy to appear on hit BBC show, Strictly Come Dancing.

He said, “I’d like to give it a go as it’s not merely gratuitous celebs-on-telly…

“They have to work bloody hard and prove themselves.

“I’m six foot two and a bit clumsy so I’m not sure I’d be a natural. I might be the male Ann Widdecombe, to be honest. “

However, Christian added that he’d never appear on shows such as I’m A Celebrity, “in a million years”.

9:00pm Friday, February 11 on C4

Dr Christian meets a man with a fishy smell coming from his penis, while Dr Pixie helps a woman whose nipples are sticking out in the wrong places after breast surgery. Dr Dawn tackles a rare leg ulcer condition; and a group of firemen put their manhood on the line, in the cause of checking for testicular cancer. The mobile clinic visits Scarborough, where Dr Christian meets a man with a big itch to scratch. And a young woman explains why size doesn’t matter when it comes to relationships.

9:00pm Friday, February 4 on C4

Dr Christian helps a man suffering from an extreme case that turns heads, while Dr Dawn examines a woman with an intimate problem who needs reconstructive surgery. The mobile clinic visits the seaside town of Weston-Super-Mare, where Dr Pixie meets a local with an eye-watering condition. The show also meets a man whose extraordinary facial disfigurement has not left him short of love. And Dr Dawn asks a group of roller derby girls to get their worries off their chests when it comes to examining themselves for breast cancer.

9:00pm Friday, January 28 on C4

The doctors are back for a new series, ready to treat more brave souls who are at the end of their tether. In the opening show they visit Spain’s Costa del Sol, to help cure Brits with embarrassing beach body problems. Dr Dawn Harper’s in the mobile clinic on the beach, and her first patient is Russell, with a huge protrusion that he’s kept under wraps for ten years. Meanwhile Dr Christian Jessen and Dr Pixie McKenna hit the night time bars and clubs to find frisky young Brits abroad armed with a new rapid test for chlamydia.

9:00pm Friday, September 24 on C4

This show revisits John, who first came to the Embarrassing Bodies clinic with a severe case of anal abscesses. After 15 operations on his anus, John undergoes his final procedure and returns to the clinic to let Dr Pixie know if he’s now seen the end to his problem. Dr Christian catches up with Jonathan, a teenager who was struggling to come to terms with a diabetes diagnosis. And Dr Pixie also checks up on Josh, a boy whose overeating was becoming a huge problem.

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