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Interview


in conversation…


Dr Chris Steele, MBE


Dr Chris is on a mission to share his insights with us—about what’s really important in health today, while revealing all about his own health scares, creating groundbreaking television and what he sees as the nation’s biggest health threat.


with meeting celebrities and taking part in live broadcasts as he is giving a medical one-to-one with one of his south Manchester patients. Dr Chris’s expertise as a general practitioner and world-leading expert in the fields of weight loss and nicotine addiction, among other fields, has seen him travel the world and pioneer leading medical techniques with patients. With a healthy appetite for research, Dr Chris strives to share his wealth of knowledge and expertise in medicine with the masses, as he reveals in the following conversation.


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As one of Britain’s most recognisable faces of morning television, what do you find to be the most positive aspects of your role as This Morning’s resident doctor?


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s the resident doctor on ITV’s This Morning since the show’s first episode in 1988, Dr Chris is as familiar


CS: The greatest thing is having access to so many patients—the viewers. In my own job as a GP I might see one patient every 10 minutes and over the course of a busy day I might get to see 40 or 50 patients, whereas 10 minutes on This Morning and I’ve reached around two million viewers. That’s pretty amazing.


What are your memories of the very first episode of This Morning? CS: Back then the show was broadcast from the Albert Dock in Liverpool with Richard [Madeley] and Judy [Finnigan] as the main presenters. On the first show I vaccinated Richard and Judy’s daughter, Chloe Madeley, with the MMR vaccine. So what Chloe doesn’t know is that I’ve seen her bare bum! She was only a baby at the time, one-year-old I think, so she won’t remember it!


How did your spot on This Morning


first come about? CS: The short story is that I was Richard and Judy’s GP in Manchester and through them I got asked to be the resident doctor of the show. Richard and Judy knew I was an expert in nicotine addiction and one day I received a phone call from Granada [ITV] asking if I’d do a live phone-in. I thought it was just going to be on the topic of nicotine addiction, but I’d misunderstood. They wanted me to talk about anything and everything medical related—whatever the callers were phoning in about. When they told me that, I said: ‘No way!’ Eventually, through my kids’ persuasion I changed my mind and 25 years later I’m still here!


How has your role on the show evolved over the years? CS: I used to choose the topics, but now it’s more of a team effort. But thank goodness everyone is interested


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