Signs of LifeBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1433a (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1433
- Iain McClure, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist
- Vale of Leven Hospital, Alexandria
BBC Radio 4, Wednesdays at 9 pm, 5 to 19 December
Each of the three programmes in this short series of drama documentaries explores a different medical condition. The voices of patients and their doctors—the documentary part—are interwoven with a radio drama. These voiceovers serve as a commentary on the drama, which in turn serves as a metaphor for the pathology, the symptoms, and their emotional impact. A tall order, for a 30 minute programme. Did it work? The short answer (at least with the first two programmes made available for review) is no. Yet the series still provided moments of dramatic power.
The first programme, “The Drowning,” dealt with cystic fibrosis. In the drama, …