During my academic career, I appeared many times on radio and television as an expert on diabetes and obesity and their management, notably the BBC’s Today Programme and News at Ten, ITV’s Breakfast Show and a major documentary (BBC2, 1991) about the perceived risks of human insulin. I also scripted and appeared in a video about diabetic ketocidosis and its management, which was distributed throughout the UK by Eli Lilly Company (1991).

I’ve been interviewed many times about my books on radio, notably Radio 4’s TodayPM and The Briefing Room, and have taken part in The Forum on the BBC World Service. I've also appeared in several television programmes, including prime-time BBC documentaries. 

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The history of smallpox and vaccination

Dr. Jenner’s Marvellous Medicine (BBC2, 2012)

The Georgians, with Lucy Worsley  (BBC2, 2014)

Aventures de Médecine (French TF2, 2016).


The history of polio

•  The Mary Berry Story (BBC2, 2014)

The Battle against Polio, with Stephanie Flanders (BBC2, 2014)


A Monstrous Commotion

Currently, I’m working with Emmy award winner Rupert Barker (NBC) on Sir Peter’s Plesiosaur, a feature-length documentary about the hunt for the Loch Ness Monster which is based on A Monstrous Commotion.