Reel History of Britain

Series 1 - 11. The Birth of the NHS

About this programme

11/20. Melvyn Bragg's mobile cinema parks alongside the College of Medical and Dental Sciences in Birmingham to highlight the formation of the NHS in 1948. June Rosen shares a childhood memory of delivering breakfast to then-Health Secretary Nye Bevan on the day he introduced the service. A leading nurse discusses arriving from Barbados to begin her training, and the show hears from the woman who was the first baby to be born on the NHS.

Cast and crew


Melvyn Bragg


Executive Producer
Ruth Pitt
Series Producer
Dympna Jackson