Two key members of BBC medical drama Holby City’s creative team visited Edge Hill University last week for a free public event.
Presented by Edge Hill’s Institute for Creative Enterprise (ICE) and Postgraduate Medical Institute (PGMI), the In Rude Health – Medical Dramas event explored how the dramatic portrayal of medical storylines complements, or clouds, public discussion of issues in the health profession.
Liverpool-born Joe Ainsworth, Story Consultant and BAFTA award-winning screenwriter for Holby City and Maurice Bessman, screenwriter and registered nurse, joined Edge Hill academics including Professor of Film and Television Roger Shannon and Nursing lecturer Sharon Roberts. They were joined by Professor Tim Woolford, Consultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon at the University Department of Otolaryngology (Head & Neck Surgery), Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The event questioned whether television’s view of medical issues is in ‘rude health,’ if the two professions of media and health positively interact or negatively conflict and whether the license of fiction and creative representation allow for a wider airing of key health debates.
Below is a gallery of images from the event: