Dr Alice Roberts – Don’t Die Young, BBC2

by | Jan 15, 2007 | All, Reviews

Did we like it?

A week after BBC2 appalled us with The Truth About Food, a science series of utter banality, it shows that it can still come up with intelligent and informative yet accessible programming.

What was good about it?

• Presenter Dr Alice Roberts is engaging and fun without being patronising and silly – and she also has such a lovely voice.

• The experiments looking into blood pressure and the functions of the kidney were quirky (featuring a spider and some peeing rugby players) but not stupid like The Truth About Food ape diet test.

• And there were a couple of decent human interest stories featuring a tubby woman getting fit and a kidney patient getting a donor organ

What was bad about it?

• Despite the Don’t Die Young subtitle, there wasn’t much direct advice, although we did learn to steer clear of broccoli juice.

• We missed the bright red hair Alice sported when she contributed to Coast

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