The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs

Raw TV | BBC One

Dan Gill


Two years ago, Dr Chris van Tulleken discovered we are taking more prescription drugs than ever before - a billion prescriptions a year in the UK. He worked with a GP surgery to get patients to try drug-free alternatives - with amazing results.

Now he is on a new mission - to understand why we are giving British kids over three times more medication than we were 40 years ago. As a new dad, Chris has a very personal motivation to explore the reasons behind this explosion in medication. In the series, he sets about finding alternatives which might be just as, or even more, effective than drugs. He tackles the shocking rise in teens taking antidepressants by testing if wilderness therapy can work where the drugs are failing. He investigates why parents are giving out so many over-the-counter meds when they may not be always necessary, and he helps hyperactive kids replace their drugs with mindful meditation.

Dan Gill graded the series using Digital Visions Nucoda, with Cas Casey and Ed Gibbs completing the online using Avid Symphony.

Jack Meadows mixed the audio using Pro Tools 12.

Post produced by Eoghan Bennett.