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The Birth of the NHS

Reel History of Britain Episode 11 of 20

Melvyn Bragg, accompanied by a vintage mobile cinema, travels across the country to show incredible footage preserved by the British Film Institute and other national and regional film archives, and to tell the history of modern Britain.

This episode comes from the College of Medical and Dental Sciences in Birmingham and looks back to 1948 and the formation of the NHS.

June Rosen shares a childhood memory of serving breakfast to the health secretary Nye Bevan on the day he announced the birth of the NHS, while Aneira Thomas reveals her remarkable claim to fame: she was the first baby born on the NHS. And one of Britain's top nurses, Nola Ishmael, shares her experiences on arriving from Barbados to start her training.

Release date:

29 minutes

Last on

Wed 15 Feb 2017 19:30


Role Contributor
PresenterMelvyn Bragg
Series ProducerDympna Jackson
Executive ProducerRuth Pitt