BBC Studios secures first Netflix commission with surgeon docuseries

Netflix has ordered a four-part science documentary series about pioneering surgeons from BBC Studios (BBCS), marking the first commission from the streamer for the UK public broadcaster’s commercial arm.

The as-yet untitled 4 x 60 minute series will be produced by BBCS’s Science Unit, with each episode focusing on the story of one ground-breaking surgeon from around the world.

Viewers will see them in action at the operating table, talking through their specialist area and the creative process behind a medical operation, as well as finding out the motivation behind their journey into medicine.

James van der Pool, showrunner at BBCS’s Science Unit, said: “This new series offers an intimate understanding into the minds of these trailblazing surgeons and the remarkable journeys that led to them becoming innovators within their fields.

“Their theatre may be an operating theatre, but is no less dramatic than its counterpart, as we see the ingenuity, skill and even risks, that make up a surgeon’s work. We’re thrilled to be able to give viewers such an insider’s view, as well as increase their knowledge of the human anatomy.”

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