Trust Me, I'm a Doctor

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Trust Me, I'm a Doctor was a BBC Two television programme, looking at the state of health care in Britain with a combination of factual reporting and satire. It was presented by Dr. Phil Hammond, and ran for four series between 1996 and 1999.

A book by Hammond, also entitled Trust Me, I'm a Doctor accompanied the series. The message of both book and series was that doctors were not infallible and you should learn as much about your own healthcare as possible.

In 2013, a new BBC Two television series with the same name was announced, presented by a team comprising: medical journalist Michael Mosley, Dr Chris van Tullekan, Dr Saleyha Ahsan and surgeon Miss Gabriel Weston. The series message is to provide viewers with the evidence behind health claims made in the media in order to allow them to make their own health decisions. The series website provides links and further information to allow viewers to read the evidence for themselves in more depth.

Other uses[edit]

"Trust me, I'm a doctor" is also the advertising slogan for Dr. Pepper, indicating that whenever someone tells you to drink Dr. Pepper in a commercial, you should do as told, since the one telling you knows what he's talking about (since "he's a doctor"). Out of this, it has become a running gag as well as a common saying to convince somebody of something, most often emphasizing that you are, in fact, not all that convinced of a certain standpoint yourself.

The most recent advertising figure is Gene Simmons of Kiss (said in a commercial during 2010 Super Bowl), referencing "Calling Dr. Love", a Kiss song written by Simmons.

Trust me, I'm the Doctor is also a running gag on the BBC show Doctor Who.

It is also a song by Irish band The Blizzards.

The phrase was also said in the intro of the movie, "Shock Treatment", which is the sequel to the famous musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.