Firecracker films have been commissioned by Channel 5 to produce a one-off documentary, The Great British Urine Test: The National Health Check.


The programme will be produced by Firecracker Scotland, with Executive Producer Elspeth O’Hare. The show was commissioned by Dan Louw at Channel 5. 


Doctor and TV personality, Dr Christian will host the doc. Alongside Dr Amir Khan, Dr Christian get an insight into the state of the nation’s health – using tests that will decode the secret messages in participants urine. 


To carry out the National Health Check, the programme has placed ‘Pee Pods’ in four major cities, and invited members of the general public to participate.


The results will reveal which city drinks the most alcohol, which city consumes the most fast food and which comes out the highest when it comes to drug taking. 


Elspeth O’Hare, Creative Director at Firecracker Scotland commented: ‘It is extraordinary what we can now tell about our health and lifestyle from our pee; from early signs of cancer and markers for pollution to how much booze we’ve drunk and what we’ve eaten in the last week. We loved working with Dr. Christian Jessen and Dr. Amir Khan who used their expertise, empathy and humour to bring this ground breaking science to life.’


Commissioning Editor, Dan Louw added: ‘I was shocked when I found out that we’ve all been flushing away a vital diagnostic tool that could stop us from getting ill. We laughed when we first thought about doing this show, but I’ve been genuinely inspired by the incredible science being done in this area which actually has the power to change the way we think about our bodies.’

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