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Long Live Britain

Mon Jul 22, 9-10pm & 10.35-11.20pm, BBC1

Let’s make medicine fun! That’s the broad feel of this celeb-heavy show about Britain’s three biggest ‘silent killers’ – heart disease, liver disease and type 2 diabetes. The aim, of course, is laudable: to educate the public and identify the signs early. Those turning up for Britain’s biggest-ever health check are greeted by hula hoopers and – if they’re lucky – a very chirpy Phil Tufnell, before being screened by volunteer nurses and doctors.

A number of famous faces are signed up and sure enough several show warning signs, including former ‘EastEnder’ Ricky Grover and actress Crissy Rock (‘Benidorm’). These guys get the celebrity doctor treatment: Dr Phil is on hand to test for diabetes and advise on lifestyle choices using eleborate visual aids. The tone errs on the patronising side but, while some of the information will be familiar, there could be life-prolonging nuggets in here somewhere. GP receptionists may wish to prepare themselves for a busy Tuesday.

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