The Body in Question is a landmark British medical documentary series of 13 shows made for the BBC. It was a groundbreaking show, being the first to ever televise an autopsy (in the final ... See full summary »
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Jonathan Miller ...
 Himself - Presenter 13 episodes, 1978-1979
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 Quotation Reader 13 episodes, 1978-1979
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The Body in Question is a landmark British medical documentary series of 13 shows made for the BBC. It was a groundbreaking show, being the first to ever televise an autopsy (in the final show on 29 Jan 1979). Miller considers the functioning of the body as a subject of private experience. He explores our attitudes towards our bodies, our ignorance of them, and our inability to read our body's signals. The first episode starts with vox populi asking where various organs in the body are located. By the final episode we are left in no doubt. Taking as his starting point the experience of pain, Dr Miller analyses the elaborate social process of "falling ill", considers the physical foundations of "disease" and looks at the types of individuals humankind has historically attributed with the power of healing. The series was nominated for two 1979 BAFTAs: Best Factual Television Series and Most Original Programme/Series.

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A series which changed my life.
22 July 2017 | by See all my reviews

I watched this series as a young guy training to be a Physics teacher. Miller's adult style, with wonderful rich language, captivated me. I bought the book and it stood me in great stead as a teacher, particularly when I ended up teaching Biology. I tried for years to buy the VCR of the series but to no avail. Eventually, through the power of the internet, I managed to get a rough copy. Enen though it is grainy and has poor sound, it was a treat to watch them all again. Thank you Mr Miller and all who contributed to making this groundbreaking series.


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