Wednesday 13 December 2017

Journalist to eat tapeworm for show

The new TV show will reveal the effects of parasites on humans
The new TV show will reveal the effects of parasites on humans

The BBC journalist credited with popularising the 5:2 diet will eat a tapeworm for a new science show about parasites.

Michael Mosley, who studied the two-days-a-week calorie-restriction diet in a Horizon documentary, gathered tapeworm cysts from an abattoir and swallowed them for the BBC Four show Infested.

A BBC spokesman said Mosley will " systematically infect himself with some of the most extraordinary, powerful and surprising parasites of them all" including tapeworms, leeches and lice for the show, which examines their possible medical benefits.

It is part of a season of science shows on BBC Two and Four including a five-part series with Professor Brian Cox called Human Universe and a two-part show about Australian bushfires starring Kate Humble.

It also includes The Trial which will follow a clinical study attempting to find a treatment for Parkinson's Disease.

It is the first time cameras have followed a medical trial in depth and will follow patients as they undergo brain surgery in a bid to find a way to stop or reverse the effects of the incurable disease.

Cameras will also be allowed in a dissection lab as scientists take apart a human hand and foot to reveal how they work.

The controller of both channels Janice Hadlow said: "Science has enjoyed an incredible resurgence on BBC Two in recent years, with 2.8 million watching Brian Cox's last series, Wonders Of Life, the first episode of Trust Me, I'm A Doctor attracting over 3 million viewers and 4.9 million watching the Horizon special, Secret Life Of The Cat.

"BBC Four also has a thriving slate of science content, with recent highlights including Light And Dark, Pain, Pus And Poison and Pop! The Science Of Bubbles."

Press Association

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