BBC1 has commissioned Mighty Scotland to make a one-off celebrity special celebrating NHS workers.
Dear NHS Superstars will see celebrities pay tribute to healthcare professionals working in the NHS – from porters to surgeons, from cleaners to physiotherapists.
Each celebrity will share stories of personal interactions they’ve had throughout the years with NHS workers. The stars will speak candidly as they show their admiration, respect and thanks to doctors, nurses, midwives and other healthcare workers they and their loved ones have encountered in their lives.
Some of the stars taking part in the show include Sir Lenny Henry, Shirley Ballas, Adrian Lester, Rosie Jones, AJ and Curtis Pritchard, Beverley Knight, Amanda Holden and many more.
Fronted by writer, comedian and former doctor Adam Kay, the show is inspired by his latest book which is a collection of thank you letters.
Adam Kay said “I’m thrilled to be (the least famous) part of Dear NHS Superstars. It’s a joyous celebration of our greatest achievement as a nation, a huge and heartfelt thank you to the 1.5 million people we all owe our lives to, and a harrowing demonstration of what closing hairdressers for three months does to the hair of celebrities.”
Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning said, “I am delighted to bring this show to the viewers and hear these amazing stories.”
Lynn Sutcliffe, Managing Director of Mighty Scotland said “It has been a privilege to bring together these remarkable stories, especially at a time when NHS workers are so cherished by the whole nation. We hope people will find this programme as moving and inspiring to watch as it has been for us to make.”
Dear NHS Superstars (1 x 60) was commissioned by Charlotte Moore, Director of BBC Content and Kate Phillips, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning and produced by Mighty Scotland. The Executive Producers for Mighty Scotland are Lynn Sutcliffe and Kirsten Highet and the Executive Producer for Terrible Productions is James Farrell. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
Transmission dates for Dear NHS Superstars will be announced in due course.