Matron, Medicine and Me: 70 Years of the NHS

70 years ago, when the 1946 National Health Service Bill was presented to Parliament, it promised to revolutionise the healthcare system across the country. To mark the anniversary, Lucy Alexander, Myleene Klass, Oritsé Williams, Miriam Margolyes and Eric Knowles go on a journey to meet the doctors, nurses, porters, cleaning staff and carers who have kept the service going against all the odds, and the patients whose lives have been saved by them.

They look at the NHS then and now, seeing how things have changed and evolved through the decades.

Since its introduction the NHS has developed into a national institution which has touched most of our lives in one way or another. However, it has faced its share of trials along the way. From the children's ward to the care of the elderly, Matron, Medicine And Me:70 Years Of The NHS hears the stories of five famous faces - all with a very personal involvement with the NHS.

Show Info

Airs on: United Kingdom BBC One (2016 - 2016)
Schedule: Weekdays at 09:15 (45 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Documentary
Genres: Medical
Episodes ordered: 5 episodes

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Eric Knowles

Episode 1x05; Jul 8, 2016

As a youngster Eric was hospitalised for six weeks with an undiagnosed illness. Eric learns how science has improved both diagnosis and the quality of life of cancer sufferers today. He also goes on a journey to discover the hidden heroes of the NHS

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x05: Eric KnowlesJul 8, 2016
1x04: Miriam MargolyesJul 7, 2016
1x03: Oritse WilliamsJul 6, 2016
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