The Surgery

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The Surgery with Gemma and Dr Radha
Other names The Surgery
Genre Health, talk
Running time 60 minutes (9:00 pm–10:00 pm)
Country of origin  United Kingdom
Language(s) English
Home station BBC Radio 1
Starring Gemma Cairney, Radha Modgil
Recording studio Broadcasting House, London
Original release 1999 – present
Audio format FM, digital radio and Internet radio

The Surgery with Gemma and Dr Radha (formerly known as the Sunday Surgery) is a British radio show that airs on BBC Radio 1 on Wednesday evenings from 9 to 10 pm. Since June 2015 it has been hosted by Gemma Cairney and Radha Modgil.


The show first began with Sara Cox in 1999, then was joint-hosted by Emma B. Emma B and Mark Hamilton then co-hosted the show for six years, before Letita SD took over the programme until 2007. From July 2007, Annie Mac took over the role of presenting from Letitia during the Sex Weeks of Summer, a series of special programs during Radio 1's Six Weeks of Summer, focusing on sex related issues. The show was relaunched in October 2007 with Kelly Osbourne at the helm, but her stint was short lived. She was formally replaced by Aled Haydn Jones in March 2009.

In June 2014, it was announced that starting 1 September 2014, The Surgery would move to a weekly Wednesday night slot, from 9pm to 10pm.[1]

In April 2015 it was announced that Gemma Cairney would present the show from June 2015 onwards. [2]


Listeners are given advice, mostly for common adolescent problems, and other listeners share their experiences and advice and are encouraged to give their point of view. The format is similar to "problem pages" found in teenage magazines. There are also often special shows specifically dedicated to one subject, such as a type of addictive behaviour or dependency. The Surgery has a team of experts on hand to deal with both medical, emotional and psychological problems, including Radha Modgil and psychotherapist Aaron Balick. After the departure of medical doctor Mel Sayer in September 2012, Sanjay Pawar was announced as the new resident doctor on The Surgery. In June 2013, Radha Modgil became the new resident doctor.

Outside radio[edit]

Open University TV programmes[edit]

Four television programmes were made for the Open University about themes which were often discussed relating to sexual health.

University tours[edit]

In October 2005, the programme toured four universities, broadcasting live from student union bars. In September 2005, it went on a 'Sex Tour', discussing sexual health at Yale College in Wrexham.

Common issues[edit]

While there is often a discussion 'theme' on the show, it is up to callers and texters to decide what they want to ask about.

Personal issues commonly tackled on the show include:


  1. ^ "Radio 1 and 1Xtra changes specialist, weekend schedules". BBC Newsbeat. BBC News. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  2. ^ [1]

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