Critical writer Jed Mercurio joins Cheltenham Science Festival line-up

The man behind the Sky 1 drama and Line of Duty will appear alongside Brian Cox, Alice Roberts and Robert Winston in June

Set in a major trauma centre, Critical has been credited with reviving the medical drama, with compelling real-time depictions of a team of doctors struggling to save lives that hang in the balance.


Acclaimed writer and former hospital doctor Jed Mercurio (seen on set above) will join Gabriel Weston at this year’s Cheltenham Science Festival to discuss how his own medical background and training informed his creative process and enabled him to take the genre into thrilling new territory.

Brian Cox, Alice Roberts, Robert Winston and Wilko Johnson will also be giving talks at this year’s festival, which runs from 2nd to 7th June. This year’s programme is made up of over 165 events showcasing ground-breaking research, debate big questions and introduce audiences to some of the world’s greatest thinkers.

There’ll be a new DinoZone with giant dinosaur skeleton and an original DeLorean will be ‘flown’ in to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. BBC1 Spy in the Pod producer Rob Pilley will be talking about the show and the secret lives of whales and dolphins, while the team behind Channel 4’s Secret Life of Dogs will also be doing a talk.

Visitors can also drop in to the BBC’s Free Science Zone. 


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