HealthCheck UK Live: BBC announces daily health advice show with Angela Rippon and Mr Motivator

Megan Sutton
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From Good Housekeeping

We've seen traditional TV channels and celebrities with an online presence responding to the coronavirus pandemic with useful programming, from Channel 4's new cooking show with Jamie Oliver to Joe Wicks' daily PE live streams.

Now, BBC One is launching a new daily programme, HealthCheck UK Live to "offer much-needed advice and companionship during the coronavirus crisis."

HealthCheck UK Live: When's it on TV?

Airing on weekdays at 10am from Monday 30 March, for two weeks, the series will directly address the concerns of viewers who are in isolation, offering tips on how to keep healthy and happy at home.

HealthCheck UK Live: What's it about?

TV presenter Michelle Ackerley and Dr Xand van Tulleken will be joined by broadcaster Angela Rippon, who like millions of us will be self-isolating at home. Legendary fitness instructor Mr Motivator will offer expert advice to get people moving.

"HealthCheck UK Live will offer audiences information and company, to keep viewers upbeat while in isolation. Audiences can also expect tips for keeping healthy – including how to boost one’s immunity, beat boredom and stay active," the BBC said.

To ensure the safety of staff and presenters the production will ensure strict social distancing rules are complied with both on and off screen.

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Michelle Ackerley said of the new show:

“HealthCheck UK Live will offer support to audiences at home during these challenging times and I am delighted to be presenting the programme alongside broadcasting icon Angela Rippon, health expert Dr Xand, and of course Mr Motivator!”

Dr Xand van Tullekan said:

“During this uncertain period it is essential that viewers feel connected and positive. HealthCheck UK Live will be an upbeat and friendly platform from which audiences can get trusted, accurate medical advice, while also supporting those who feel lonely or need a lift during this time.”

Angela Rippon added:

“Like millions of Britons across the country, and as an over 70, I will be self-isolating and ‘working from home’. HealthCheck UK Live will offer a fantastic outlet to connect viewers and to remind us we can all fight this together.”

Mr Motivator said:

“Now more than ever it is important to keep our bodies and minds healthy. Everybody say yeah, let’s get happy and be wicked at home!”

HealthCheck UK Live will air each weekday at 10am on BBC One for two weeks from Monday 30 March.

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