Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day – BBC Two

Refreshingly, although entirely not without bias, the BBC shows that Keeping Britain Alive (or at least in better shape) is no easy task. The programme is an ambitious project, taking in births, terminal illness, obesity and addiction within the NHS’ ever-expanding remits, not to mention A&E, a neurology unit and host of hypochondriacs.

Following both patients and NHS staff from the early hours of the morning to dead of night – and with due credit to night shift staff – it’s a first-hand justification to commentary about the oft-criticised system and a sombre behind-the-scenes documentary, with a few well-placed One Born Every Minute nurses station-style giggles.

Sobs stories these are not. Each case study is filled with empathy: if not because mortality is a terrifying inevitability to individually face, because the perilous trauma of simply living life can plunge anyone at any moment into a world that relies entirely on a network of people trained to take care of the rest of us.

Imperfection be damned, we’re lucky to have a service that can be relied upon quite so heavily – and no wonder it’s ‘struggling’ to cope with demand.