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Mon, 08 Aug


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Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos: Q&A with the team behind the series

Join us for a conversation with Presenter Cherry Healey, Executive Producer Emma Wakefield, Commissioning Editor Lucy Willis and Series Consultant Dr Olivia Hum as they discuss their new Channel 5 series Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos.

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Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos: Q&A with the team behind the series
Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos: Q&A with the team behind the series

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08 Aug 2022, 18:00 – 19:00

Online Webinar, via Zoom

About the Event

Join us for a conversation with Presenter Cherry Healey, Executive Producer Emma Wakefield, Commissioning Editor Lucy Willis and Series Consultant Dr Olivia Hum as they discuss their new Channel 5 series Women’s Health: Breaking The Taboos with host Dr Saleyha Ahsan

Presented by Cherry Healey the series uncovers the secrets surrounding women’s health and explores some of the biggest issues out there, from severe period pains to incontinence, losing your hair to the menopause – conditions that are often kept hidden.

Breaking taboos and overcoming stigma, the series is a hands-on, enlightening guide to managing conditions that many women struggle with.

There is a screener link available for this event. Please ensure you have signed up for a screener link before Friday 5 August at 15:00

About Channel 5 

Channel 5 is a public service broadcaster and the UK’s third largest commercial TV station. Launched in March 1997, Channel 5 has been part of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS) since its acquisition in September 2014.

Channel 5 and its digital brands – 5STAR, 5USA, 5Select, 5ACTION and the on-demand service My5 – offer a diverse range of issue-led documentaries & popular factual celebrating the British countryside and drawing talent to the channel, accessible history, premium drama and critically-acclaimed children’s, news and current affairs programming. Through its agenda-driving commissions, Channel 5 leads on societal issues from inequality to homelessness and mental health, aiming to tell the story of modern Britain by reflecting the lives of people across the nation.

In 2018, Channel 5 won its first BAFTA for Cruising with Jane McDonald. The following year, Raped: My Story won best Single Documentary at RTS. In 2020, it won Channel of the Year at the Broadcast Awards and by the RTS. In addition that year, it secured its first ever Grierson award win in the ‘Best Single Documentary – Domestic’ category with Suicidal: In Our Own Words. In 2021, it won best factual entertainment at the Broadcast Awards for Springtime on the Farm. It also won best drama at Voice of the Listener & Viewer for All Creatures Great & Small the same year.

Cherry Healey 

Cherry Healey began her onscreen career with numerous immersive documentary series on BBC Three. She then presented Britain’s Favourite Supermarket Foods for BBC One, and Secrets of the Sales where she explored the psychology of sales shopping and the tricks the high street stores use to keep us coming back for more. Cherry now co-presents Inside the Factory with Gregg Wallace for BBC Two, as well as 10 Years Younger in 10 Days for Channel 5.

Emma Wakefield

Emma established Lambent in 1996 where she has created a wide range of acclaimed documentaries, factual series, and education programming. As an Executive Producer Emma has been responsible for much of the company’s award-winning output and continues to build on the company’s creative strengths as Lambent grows – alongside co MD Ollie Tait. Credits include Kids Behind Bars for BBC3, Out Of Jail And On The Streets for BBC1, and The Special Needs Hotel for Channel 5. Documentaries include Addicted Parents: Last Chance To Keep My Children for BBC2 and BAFTA-nominated Raped: My Story for Channel 5.

Lucy Willis

Lucy is a Commissioning Editor and VP at Channel 5 and Paramount+, where she looks after a wide-ranging factual slate including documentaries, popular factual and history.

She has been responsible for commissioning a number of the Channels peak-time programmes including Warship: Life at Sea; Inside the Tower of Londonas well as the stripped history event The Great Plague and The Disappearance of Shannon Matthews

Lucy was also behind the major eight-part drama documentary series Eight Days That Made Rome; Diana: Seven Days That Shook The Windsor’s; and the Cotswolds with Pam Ayres.

She is currently working on a three part Box Set The Fashion House, for Paramount+ and a new Arts series with Bettany Hughes. 

Lucy has worked extensively with diverse talent in front of and behind the camera, brining JJ Chalmers, Raksha Dave and Onyeka Nubia to the Channel.

Before moving to Channel 5 Lucy was at Raw Television for eight years where she became Head of UK Factual and Multiplatform and won a number of awards including two International Emmy’s.

Recent projects include BAFTA and Broadcast Award-winning Defending Digga D and Nowhere To Run: Abused By Our Coach – both new female directors films for BBC3.

Dr Olivia Hum

Dr Olivia Hum is a General Practitioner with over 15 years of experience, specialising in Women's health, including menopause, HRT and sexual health. She is one of a small number of qualified British Menopause Society menopause specialists. She currently runs the Women's Health Sussex clinic where she sees women of all ages. She practices at Nuffield Health Haywards Heath Hospital, but also sees women from all over the UK via secure video link.

Olivia gained her primary medical qualification at Cambridge and UCL and trained in London and Brighton. She completed her Diploma from the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Health and has gained the FSRH Advanced Certificate in Menopause Care. She works under an honorary contract at the menopause clinic at Guy's Hospital, London. She is involved in the RCGP Adolescent Health Group which aims to improve the treatment of young people within the NHS.

Dr Saleyha Ahsan

Saleyha Ahsan is a filmmaker and emergency medicine doctor currently completing a PhD at the University of Cambridge, researching the impact of attacks against healthcare in armed conflict. Born in London, she trained at Sandhurst and served in the British Army in Bosnia, rising to the rank of Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Inspired by the work of doctors in conflict zones, she left the army in 2000 and trained as a doctor in Dundee. Saleyha is also a trained freelance broadcast journalist making programs and reporting for the BBC and Channel 4 including Dispatches. She also writes for the World Report section in The Lancet, reporting on aspects of healthcare in the Middle East and also conflict zones.

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