A real television doctor
Daren Francis is a consultant general surgeon and a general surgical adviser for the BBC medical drama series Holby City. He stays out of the limelight, but Rebecca Chellaswamy finds that he has a vital role
I think I decided I wanted to do surgery in my senior surgical attachment at medical school. All the doctors that I was working with were really nice, and I thought they really seemed to be making a difference to their patients. Working with a good group of people can have a massive impact on your career plans. You start to think, “That person seems happy. I wouldn't mind living my life like they live theirs.” I've since further specialised in laparoscopic surgery.
The writers come up with a storyline for the episode, and you have to make the medicine fit. It can be tricky, and there has to be a bit of give and take on each side. We all work together—the producers, writers, researchers, and medical advisers. You don't always need high tech medicine to make an episode exciting—the medicine isn't the crux, it's the drama. As medical