Chris van Tulleken

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Dr Christoffer van Tulleken
Born Christoffer Rodolphe van Tulleken[1]
(1978-08-18) 18 August 1978 (age 39)
Nationality British
Education King's College School, Wimbledon
Alma mater St Peter's College, Oxford
Television Operation Ouch!
Trust Me, I'm a Doctor
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs
Children 1

Christoffer 'Dr Chris' van Tulleken (born 18 August 1978)[2] is a British doctor and TV presenter.[1][3] He is best known for presenting the series Operation Ouch! alongside his identical twin brother Xand van Tulleken.[4][5]He has also become well-known for his two-part television special for BBC One entitled "The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs"[6][7]


Chris is the younger of the two by seven minutes.[8]


Van Tulleken was educated at King's College School,[9] an independent day school for boys in Wimbledon, in southwest London, followed by St Peter's College at the University of Oxford.[9]

Life and career[edit]

Van Tulleken presented Channel 4's Medicine Men go Wild with his brother Xand,[10] and BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor alongside Michael Mosley.[11] He was the expedition doctor for BBC Two's Operation Iceberg,[12] and has appeared in Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice (BBC 2),[13] Holiday Hit Squad (BBC One),[14] Museum of Life (BBC Two),[15] The Secret Life of Twins (BBC One),[16] as well as Celebrity Mastermind and The Wright Stuff.[17] Van Tulleken was also doctor to a team led by Bruce Parry which recreated the 1911 race to the South Pole in the BBC documentary Blizzard: Race to the Pole.[18] He has also presented What's The Right Diet For You? A Horizon Special.[19]

Van Tulleken was named as an emerging British talent in 'The Brit List 2013' by ShortList magazine.[20]

In 2015, he presented another Horizon episode, titled Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?, in which Chris and his identical twin brother Xand tested the effects of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol daily (Chris) and bingeing weekly (Xand).[21]

He and his brother Xand appeared on Series 5 of Hacker Time.[22]

In 2016, alarmed by the steep rise in prescription medicine in Britain and dubious as to its efficacy, he completed a television show for BBC One called "The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs". It was a two-part social experiment in which he aimed to take over part of a GP surgery and attempt to find practical ways to treat patients and stops patients' prescription pills. [23][24]

Personal Life[edit]

It was revealed in an episode of Operation Ouch! (Series 6, episode 9) that he has a wife and a daughter, Lyra.

Humanitarian aid[edit]

Christoffer is a Patron and Board Member of the medical aid and healthcare charity Doctors of the World UK,[25] which is a member of the international Médecins du Monde network. In 2015, Christoffer and his brother Alexander ran the London Marathon for Doctors of the World, raising over £3,400 [1].

Van Tulleken is a patron of the medical aid organisation Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin),[26][27] which merged with Save the Children in 2013 [2], and reported for BBC Two in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Burma, in 2008.[28]


  1. ^ a b "About Chris". Retrieved 3 September 2016. 
  2. ^ "Blizzard: Race To The Pole - The British Team". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "ROARglobal". ROARGLOBAL. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Operation Ouch!". CBBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Operation Ouch! Hardback". The Guardian Bookshop. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  7. ^ Hogan, Michael (2016-09-15). "The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs was an eye-opening insight into our pill-popping culture". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  8. ^ "CHRIS VAN TULLEKEN". Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  9. ^ a b "King's College School Boat Club - Roll of Honour". King's College School, Wimbledon. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 
  10. ^ "Medicine Men Go Wild". Channel 4. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Trust Me, I'm A Doctor". BBC Two. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  12. ^ "Operation Iceberg". BBC Two. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  13. ^ "Top Dogs;Adventures in War, Ice and Sea". BBC Two. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  14. ^ "Holiday Hit Squad". BBC One. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  15. ^ "Museum Of Life". BBC Two. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  16. ^ "The Secret Life of Twins". BBC One. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  17. ^ "IMBD Filmography Chris van Tulleken". IMDB. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Blizzard: Race to the Pole". BBC. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "What's The Right Diet For You? A Horizon Special". Retrieved 14 January 2015. 
  20. ^ "The Brit List 2013". ShortList. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  21. ^ Todd, Sophie (20 May 2015). "Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?". Horizon. Series 51. Episode 11. London. BBC. BBC Two. Retrieved 8 June 2015. 
  22. ^ "BBC iPlayer - Channel Schedule - CBBC - Monday 18 April 2016". 
  23. ^ "The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs - BBC One". BBC. Retrieved 2018-01-18. 
  24. ^ Michael Sheffield (2016-09-26), The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs Season 1 Episode 1 | 15 September 2016., retrieved 2018-01-18 
  25. ^ Doctors of the World UK (21 April 2015). "Van Tulleken brothers running for DOTW in the London Marathon". Doctors of the World. Doctors of the World UK. Retrieved 18 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "The Eye of the Storm". ABC News. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  27. ^ "Hands Up For Healthworkers". Merlin UK. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  28. ^ "Unseen Burma". BBC Newsnight. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 

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