Sunday, 10 July 2016
440 Your Life In Their Hands
First viewed : Spring 1980
I have many faults, too many to mention, but can honestly say that hypochondria isn't one of them. I get annoyed by being ill and are more likely to make it worse by soldiering on through it than wallowing in it.
My mother, for all her many virtues, was a hpochondriac and always likely to interpret a slight tickle in her throat as laryngitis , encouraged by watching programmes like this.
Your Life In Their Hands was originally broadcast between 1958 and 1964. It basically went into hospitals and investigated the treatment of various medical phenomena incorporating pre- recorded footage from the operating theatre. Hospitals and their staff took part in it in the face of trenchant opposition from the British Medical Association who felt that it was voyeuristic and would increase pressure on the health service as people got more informed. It returned in 1980 on BBC2 with the promise of now seeing blood and guts in colour. It was also more focused on individual cases than general issues.
I can't for the life of me understand why anybody would choose to watch this for entertainment. I'm not squeamish - as you probably know I like horror films - I'm just completely uninterested in the subject matter. Just let the professionals get on with it ! Therefore this falls into the category of something I saw reluctantly because I was fed up of sitting in my room alone.
The programme ran regularly until 1987 and has been revived periodically since.