Michael Mosley (broadcaster)

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Michael Mosley
Born (1957-03-22) 22 March 1957 (age 62)
Calcutta, India
Alma materNew College, Oxford
OccupationTelevision journalist, producer, and presenter
Height172 cm (5 ft 8 in)
Clare Bailey (m. 1987)

Michael Mosley (born 22 March 1957) is a British television journalist, producer, presenter, and qualified doctor who has worked for the BBC since 1985. He is probably best known as a presenter of television programmes on biology and medicine and his regular appearances on The One Show.

Early life[edit]

Born in Calcutta, India, the son of a bank director,[1] Mosley studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at New College, Oxford, before working for two years as a banker in the City of London. He then decided to move into medicine, intending to become a psychiatrist, studying at the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, now part of UCL Medical School.[2]


Upon graduation, having become disillusioned by psychiatry, Mosley joined a trainee assistant producer scheme at the BBC in 1985.[2]

He produced a number of science programmes, including The Human Face, three series with Professor Robert Winston, and the 2004 BBC Two engineering series Inventions That Changed the World hosted by Jeremy Clarkson.[3]

He presented Blood and Guts, Medical Mavericks and The Story of Science for television, and was the subject of a television documentary, 10 Things You Need to Know about Losing Weight. He presented Make Me for BBC One. In April–June 2010 he produced and presented the television series The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion broadcast by BBC Two.

In 2011 he made a series entitled The Brain: A Secret History, on the history of psychology and neuroscience. During the series, while studying the methods that are being employed to identify the brain structure of psychopaths, his personal tests revealed he himself shared these same brain traits.[4] In the same year, he made a two-part documentary, Frontline Medicine with episodes called "Survival" and "Rebuilding Lives". These programmes focused on the medical advances in the treatment of military personnel during the 10 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan and examine how these new techniques are being utilised in emergency medicine for civilian casualties in the United States and Great Britain.

His documentary The Truth About Exercise, shown first in 2012, aired current thinking about how different patterns of exercise might help achieve health benefits, the danger of sitting for prolonged periods and revealed how certain genotypes are unable to gain significant improvements in aerobic fitness (VO2 max) by following endurance exercise programmes. His own genetic type can gain many of the benefits of exercise, primarily improved insulin response, through short, high-intensity training sessions as suggested by the research of Professor James Timmons.[5]

5:2 diet[edit]

In August 2012 he was credited with popularising the 5:2 diet, after appearing in the BBC2 Horizon documentary Eat, Fast & Live Longer.[6] In January 2013, he presented The Genius of Invention. In the documentary named The Truth About Personality,[7] first aired on 10 July 2013, Mosley explores what science can tell us about optimism and pessimism and whether we can change our outlook.[8][9] Medical experts have described the 5:2 diet as a fad and questioned whether it could lead to unhealthy eating habits.[10]


Year Title Channel Notes
2007 Medical Mavericks BBC Four
2008 Blood and Guts BBC Two
2009 Make Me BBC One
2010 The Brain - A Secret History BBC Four
2010 The Story of Science: Power, Proof and Passion BBC Two Six-part series.
2010 Pleasure and Pain BBC One
2010 The Young Ones BBC One
2011 Frontline Medicine BBC Two
2011 Ten Things about Weight Loss BBC One
2011 Inside the Human Body BBC One Four-part series and a Best of Series episode.
2012 Guts: The Strange and Mysterious World of the Human Stomach BBC Four Also referred to as Inside Michael Mosley.
2012 Eat, Fast and Live longer BBC Two
2012 Truth about Exercise BBC Two
2013 One Show BBC One Topical films about science.
2013 Horizon Specials BBC Two
2013 The Truth About... BBC Two
2013 Pain, Pus and Poison: The Search for Modern Medicines BBC Four Three-part series.
2013 Winter Viruses and How to Beat Them BBC Two Co presented with Alice Roberts.
2013 The Genius of Invention BBC Two Four-part series between 24 January and 14 February. Co-presented with Mark Miodownik and Cassie Newland.
2013 The Truth About Personality BBC Two A Horizon (BBC TV series) documentary.
2013–present Trust Me, I'm a Doctor BBC Two
2014 Infested! Living with Parasites BBC Four
2014 Should I Eat Meat? BBC Two Total of two episodes as a part of Horizon 2014-2015 series.
2015 Is your Brain Male or Female BBC Two Episode 7 of Horizon 2014-2015 series.
2015 Countdown to Life: the Extraordinary Making of You BBC Two Three-part series.
2015 Are Health Tests Really a Good Idea? BBC Two
2016 E-Cigarettes: Miracle or Menace? BBC Two
2016 Inside Porton Down: Britain's Secret Weapons Research Facility BBC Four
2017 Meet the Humans BBC Earth Five-part series.[11][12]

Awards and honours[edit]

He was nominated for an Emmy and BAFTA for his Horizon documentary reporting the link between Helicobacter pylori and gastric ulcers discovered by Australian scientists, Robin Warren and Barry Marshall. He was named Medical Journalist of the Year in 1995 by the British Medical Association.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In a BBC documentary on sleep, Mosley revealed he has chronic insomnia.[13]


  1. ^ Murfitt, Nikki (14 February 2009). "Both these men are 51, but one follows a restricted diet in the hope of staying young. Has he been wasting his time?". Daily Mail. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b c Beth, Chapman (27 March 2004). "From finance to medicine to the media". BMJ Careers. BMJ Group. Retrieved 23 November 2018.
  3. ^ "BBC - Press Office - Inventions That Changed The World". www.bbc.co.uk.
  4. ^ "I'm a psychopath! BBC presenter Michael Mosley's shocking discovery thanks to a revolutionary brain scan". Daily Mail. London.
  5. ^ "Short fast sprints 'cut' diabetes". BBC News. 28 January 2009.
  6. ^ "BBC Two - Horizon, 2012-2013, Eat, Fast and Live Longer". BBC.
  7. ^ "YouTube". www.youtube.com.
  8. ^ "Can science explain why I'm a pessimist?". BBC News. 10 July 2013.
  9. ^ "BBC Two - Horizon, 2012-2013, The Truth About Personality". BBC.
  10. ^ "News analysis: Does the 5:2 intermittent fasting diet work?". Health News. UK National Health Service - NHS Choices. May 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2016.
  11. ^ "Big Brother meets lab rats". New Straits Times. 19 June 2017.
  12. ^ "BBC Earth partners with humanoid robot 'Sophia' to explain what it means to be human". BBC Media Centre. 24 May 2017.
  13. ^ "BBC One - The Truth About..., Sleep". BBC.

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