Radio Times Review - The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

What do you want from a medical documentary? This has it all – engaging presenter, shrewd approach, touching case studies and radical implications. So relax: we’re in safe hands.

Presenter Dr Chris van Tulleken (the more low-key of the van Tulleken twins) is convinced that GPs over-medicate. Under pressure from patients, they understandably prescribe painkillers, antidepressants and antibiotics too readily, and to a dangerous extent. So can he do any better?

What follows is wonderfully eye-opening, and includes a dramatic experiment with a woman called Wendy who has been taking painkillers for 20 years to treat her chronic shoulder pain. You may never look at paracetamol the same way.

Check out the rest of the review here…–series-1-episode-1