‘In Rude Health – Medical Dramas’ with Joe Ainsworth, Kate Hall and Professor Tim Woolford

15th Nov 2017, 6:30pm - 25th Nov 2017, 7:45pm

Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine


‘In Rude Health – Medical Dramas’ with Joe Ainsworth, Kate Hall and Professor Tim Woolford 

This event will present a discussion on how the dramatic portrayal of medical story lines complements, or clouds, public discussion of issues in the health profession. With Holby City scriptwriter Joe Ainsworth, and story producer Kate Hall.

Presented by PGMI and ICE

We welcome as speakers two key creative participants on Holby City, the BBC’s flagship medical series – first screened in 1999 – which attracts a weekly audience of five million viewers.

Joe Ainsworth

Liverpool-born Joe Ainsworth has an English degree and an Honorary Doctorate from Edge Hill University. He is story consultant and a (BAFTA award-winning) screenwriter for Holby City, whose team he joined in 2005. With 150+ episodes for Channel 4’s Brookside also to his credit (‘…spent eight years on Brookie putting bodies under patios…’), Joe Ainsworth is one of the country’s most prolific TV dramatists for ITV, BBC, Channel 4 and Granada, while also working with Jimmy McGovern on The Lakes.

Kate Hall is Series Producer for Holby City and previously series editor for Channel 4’s long-running drama, Hollyoaks, made by Liverpool’s Lime Pictures.

Is television’s view of medical issues in ‘rude health’? Do the two professions of media and health positively interact or negatively conflict? Does the license of fiction and creative representation allow for a wider airing of key health debates?

Speakers will also include:

  • Professor Roger Shannon, Professor of Film and Television in the Department of Media, and Director of ICE.
  • Professor Tim Woolford MD FRCS (ORL-HNS) Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon University Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Manchester Royal Infirmary
  • Sharon Roberts, lecturer in Nurse Education, Nursing Education Team at Edge Hill University


Further information is available here