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Surgeons: At The Edge of Life to return to the BBC


Surgeons: At The Edge of Life to return to the BBC

The Beeb have commissioned a further two series…

Sreya Biswas, Head of BBC Commissioning, Natural History:

“Surgeons: At the Edge of Life is a key brand for BBC Specialist Factual and has continued to grow audiences across BBC Two and iPlayer, showcasing boundary pushing surgery, and the incredible medical teams who make it possible. Deep diving into the most complex surgical procedures is what makes the brand so special. It is very exciting to be co-commissioning with BBC Scotland and to be based in Edinburgh for the coming series.”

BBC Factual and BBC Scotland have commissioned two more series of medical documentary Surgeons: At The Edge of Life, following its most recent run on BBC Two and iPlayer. The new episodes will be filmed in Edinburgh and The Lothians at some of the region’s leading centres of medical excellence – NHS Lothian’s The Royal Infirmary, Western General and St. Johns.

With unprecedented access to surgeons, anaesthetists, theatre staff and patients, the series will once again offer a unique insight into to the innovative and experimental surgeries taking place on the frontline of medical science.

Series six, which recently broadcast on BBC Two and iPlayer, consistently performed well. The 28-day figure for episode 1 is 2.5m, in line with the previous series and well above the average for Factual on BBC Two. A high proportion (around one fifth) of its audience watch via iPlayer, while it performs above average with 16-34s.

David Harron, BBC Scotland:

“BBC Scotland is delighted to be bringing Surgeons: At the Edge of Life to Scotland. It is a compelling series and these next two series will bring audiences unique insight into the work of some of Scotland’s top medical teams, shining a light on the dedication and skills employed in theatres every day.”

Richard Bond, Managing Director of Dragonfly:

“After successfully transferring production of Ambulance to Dragonfly North in Manchester, I’m thrilled that the BBC have supported us in moving Surgeons to Scotland with this bumper two series order, and I can’t wait to see how it evolves under the stewardship of our new and fantastically talented local production team.”

Surgeons: At the Edge of Life is made by Dragonfly (part of Banijay UK) for BBC Two.

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