Cancer patients to be the focus of new BBC1 ob-doc

Rigged-camera series Cancer will follow patients from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond, reveals BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore

With popular shows like 24 Hours in A&E and One Born Every Minute now staples in the TV schedules, we are used to cameras recording intimate and emotional moments from within hospitals. Now BBC1 are set to focus their camera lenses on cancer patients in a new observational documentary. 


The broadcaster have ordered Cancer, a three-part, rigged-camera ob-doc which, with access to hospitals and patients around the UK, will “take an intimate look at what it means to live with cancer today.”

It’s a subject which is sure to strike a chord with many who have been affected by the disease, with the number of Brits being diagnosed higher than ever before. According to Macmillan Cancer Support, there are an estimated 2.5 million people in the UK today who have had a cancer diagnosis, an increase of almost half a million in the previous five years. 

BBC1’s ob-doc will follow patients for one year, from the moment they are first diagnosed in consulting rooms rigged with cameras. It will aim to provide viewers with a window into the “honest, moving and at times funny experiences of people living with cancer” and to “celebrate the extraordinary endurance of the human spirit when faced with a life-altering diagnosis.”

Charlotte Moore, BBC1’s controller, said she hoped the series would “move, provoke and challenge the BBC1 audience.”


Moore also announced three more documentaries: Black Cab White Cab, Brett: A Life With No Arms and All Change At Longleat. 

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