Most of my time is spent writing and teaching, but my first book, Medical London, was a BBC Radio 4 Book of the Week in 2008, and since then I’ve done quite a bit of radio and TV – much of which is detailed on my IMDb page.
Some recent highlights: I was historical consultant for BBC2’s Quacks, written by James Woods (writer of Rev.) and Matt Baynton (star of Horrible Histories). I filmed a segment with Alice Roberts on the Gin Craze in Bristol for Channel 4’s Britain’s Most Historic Towns. Matthew Sweet interviewed me about The Smile Stealers on BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking. Ivan Wise interviewed me for his ‘Better Known’ podcast. I talked about John Snow and cholera in an episode of France 2’s ‘Aventures de Médecine’ and an episode of PBS’s ‘The Crowd & The Cloud’. I was a major contributor to China Central TV’s ‘200 Years of Surgery’ .
Going back a little further, I appeared alongside BBC Security Correspondent Frank Gardner in an episode of BBC1’s ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. I was a major contributor to BBC4’s ‘The Beauty of Anatomy’ and BBC Radio 3’s ‘A Cultural History of the Plague’. I discussed plague and public health on BBC Radio 4’s ‘Shakespeare’s Restless World’. I helped the actress Lesley Joseph discover her family’s connection with Bedlam in ITV’s Secrets From The Asylum. I talked about mad-houses, bodysnatching and Victorian prisons in three episodes of Channel 4’s Time Team.
As well as appearing in front of a camera or behind a microphone, I’ve also advised on many projects: BBC documentaries on Harley Street, the history of the NHS, and life in a medieval village; the BBC2 drama ‘Born and Bred’; the restoration of a rare mid-nineteenth-century operating theatre at Peterborough Museum; and Emma George’s award-winning Around the World in 80 Orgasms. During my Engagement Fellowship I also ran the Sick City Project and Sick City Talks – a multimedia exploration of health and disease in London’s history.