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Should I Worry About... Episode Guide

These programmes were broadcast in the first series of Should I Worry About...? A new series returns on 14 July 2005.

Thursday 9 Sept 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Wed 15 Sept 2004, 8pm BBC One

We've all seen the headlines about mobile phones. If you believed everything you read, you'd throw your mobile away immediately for fear of everything from cancer to infertility. And that's before we even start to think about mobile phone base stations. So what's the truth? Should we worry about our mobile phones?

Thursday 16 Sept 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Fri 24 Sept 2004, 7pm BBC One

It's the nation's favourite dinner. But have you ever wondered what lurks inside the great British sausage? Why can you buy some bangers for less than the price of dog food? Is the humble sausage a heart surgeon's nightmare? When the chips are down, should we be worrying about our sausages?

Thursday 23 Sept 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Fri 1 Oct 2004, 7pm BBC One

If you've ever worried about British hospitals, here are some scary stats for you: In the last year 100,000 people who went into hospital got an infection there. Of those 5,000 died. Perhaps the question is not 'Should I worry about MRSA?, but 'How much should I worry?'

Thursday 30 Sept 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Thu 7 Oct 2004, 7pm, BBC One

It's a market worth £600million a year. Adverts, magazine articles and health reports tell us we should be consuming more. But is the water industry just tapping into our desire to look young and healthy?

So how much do we really need to drink? And what sort of water should it be? Can we trust the stuff from our taps? Or should we be worrying about water?

Thursday 7 Oct 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Thursday 14 Oct 2004, 7pm, BBC One

We're the most stressed out nation in Europe. We have the longest working hours and the shortest holidays. What does eight hours a day for 40 years do to your health? Could your office be making you sick?

Should we be pushing ourselves to longer and longer hours, or should we be worrying about the office?

Thursday 14 Oct 2004, 7pm, BBC One
Scotland: Thursday 28 Oct 2004, 7pm, BBC One

Salmon: a healthy food bursting with wholesome oils? Or a death trap full of dangerous chemicals? Earlier this year a scientific paper reported hazardous substances in salmon. Within hours, the headlines were warning us that we should be feeling fishy about fish. But is this just another groundless health scare? Or should we worry about salmon?

England and Wales: Thu 21 Oct 2004, 7pm BBC One
Northern Ireland: Mon 25 Oct 2004, 8.30pm BBC One
Scotland: Thu 11 Nov 2004, 7pm BBC One

Ask almost anyone what the safest form of transport is and they'll say it's flying. So how come a third of us say we're frightened of it?

The trouble is, it's easy to imagine what might go wrong. What if your air traffic controller is having a bad day? What if the plane's broken? And if all that doesn't get you, then what about deep vein thrombosis? So should we worry about flying?

England and Wales: Thu 28 Oct 2004, 7pm BBC One
Northern Ireland: Mon 1 Nov 2004, 8.30pm BBC One

Everyone wants us to spend more. We remember the lovely shoes, the fabulous holiday and the fantastic car and try to forget about the credit card bill. But what happens when your debts get out of hand? In a society where we're all encouraged to buy now and pay later, should we worry about spending?

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