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City Hospital (BBC)

City Hospital was a medical documentary television series that aired on BBC1, the United Kingdom's National Network from 1998 till 2007. It ran over nine series with over 360 hours of film broadcast every weekday from 10 am.


It was broadcast live from London's flagship NHS Health Trust - Guy's Hospital and St Thomas' Hospital and also covered Princess Anne Maternity Hospital in Southampton. The show followed real patients and staff and featured daily live-to-air footage of actual surgical operations, as they were being performed.


A ratings success, the final series commanded a quarter of all the UK television audience at 10am every weekday - over a million viewers daily.

The programme had unprecedented BBC Audience Appreciation (AI) figures for a daytime broadcast. When viewers were asked which programme they would put at the top of all the BBC programmes they had watched that week, City Hospital consistently scored highly. During the last week of programmes, the AI figure was an almost unheard of 88%. The BBC reported: "Alongside the usual big hitters, the dramas and US imports, the daytime programme City Hospital always wins through with high AIs."

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In 1999, Yvette Fielding's boy-friend camera man on the show proposed to her live on air. She said yes to him and they have been married for ten years.


Presenters included:

Numerous guests presenters, including celebrities, actors and musicians made cameo appearances.

Transmission guide

  • Series 1: 50 editions from 12 October 1998 – 18 December 1998
  • Series 2: 28 editions from 12 April 1999 – 21 May 1999
  • Series 3: 64 editions from 6 September 1999 – 17 December 1999
  • Series 4: 42 editions from 27 March 2000 – 26 May 2000
  • Series 5: 51 editions from 4 September 2000 – 19 December 2000
  • Series 6: 46 editions from 30 April 2001 – 6 July 2001
  • Series 7: 29 editions from 18 February 2002 – 28 March 2002
  • Series 8: 40 editions from 2 September 2002 – 25 October 2002
  • Series 9: 39 editions from 6 May 2003 – 4 July 2003
  • Series 10: 30 editions from 1 September 2003 - 10 October 2003
  • Series 11: 37 editions from 5 April 2004 – 28 May 2004
  • Series 12: 40 editions from 6 September 2004 – 5 November 2004
  • Series 13: 37 editions from 4 April 2005 – 27 May 2005
  • Series 14: 40 editions from 5 September 2005 – 4 November 2005
  • Series 15: 37 editions from 3 April 2006 – 26 May 2006
  • Series 16: 40 editions from 11 September 2006 – 10 November 2006

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