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Embarrassing Bodies saw Channel 4 at its skin-crawling best: taking an equal delight in shocking, entertaining and informing

Embarrassing Bodies: bare your boils for the greater good

“Embarrassing illness” is not a phrase coined by Damian McBride, though he did hope to turn it into a weapon of mass detestation against David Cameron. McBride borrowed it from the 2008 Channel 4 series of that name. It has now been superseded by Embarrassing Bodies, which was transmitted through April and May, with a number of follow-up programmes in the pipeline for later this year. It’s presented by a knowledgeable, charming and lens-friendly team of medics who give you the sense that a rectal examination executed by them would…

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