Van Tulleken brothers
Dr Xand van Tulleken and Dr Chris van Tulleken
Alexander and Christoffer van Tulleken
18 August 1978
|Education||King's College School, Wimbledon|
|Alma mater||St Peter's College, Oxford|
Somerville College, Oxford
LSHTM, BM BCh
Trust Me, I'm a Doctor
The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs
Alexander 'Dr Xand' van Tulleken and Christoffer 'Dr Chris' van Tulleken (born 18 August 1978) are British doctors, TV presenters and identical twin brothers. They are best known for presenting the series Operation Ouch!. Chris has become well known for his two-part television special for BBC One entitled The Doctor Who Gave Up Drugs. Xand has also presented shows without his brother.
The van Tulleken twins were educated at Hill House preparatory school then King's College School, an independent day school for boys in Wimbledon, in South West London, followed by St Peter's College (Chris) and Somerville College (Xand) at the University of Oxford.
Life and career
Both Chris and Xand van Tulleken presented Channel 4's Medicine Men go Wild, and BBC Two's Trust Me, I'm A Doctor alongside Michael Mosley. Chris was the expedition doctor for BBC Two's Operation Iceberg, and has appeared in Top Dogs: Adventures in War, Sea and Ice (BBC 2), Holiday Hit Squad (BBC One), Museum of Life (BBC Two), The Secret Life of Twins (BBC One), as well as Celebrity Mastermind and The Wright Stuff. Chris 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. The brothers have also presented What's The Right Diet For You? A Horizon Special.
In 2015, the pair 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).
In 2016, alarmed by the steep rise in prescription medicine in Britain and dubious as to its efficiency, Chris 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.
It was revealed in an episode of Operation Ouch! (Series 6, episode 9) that Chris van Tulleken has a wife and a daughter. In a 2016 episode of Horizon titled How To Find Love Online, presenter Xand stated that he was single and a user of online dating.
Until February 2018, Alexander and Christoffer were Patrons and Board Members of the medical aid and healthcare charity Doctors of the World UK, which is a member of the international Médecins du Monde network. In 2015, Alexander and Christoffer ran the London Marathon for Doctors of the World, raising over £3,400 .
Van Tulleken was a patron of the medical aid organisation Medical Emergency Relief International (Merlin), which merged with Save the Children in 2013 , and reported for BBC Two in the aftermath of Cyclone Nargis, Burma, in 2008.
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