On 24th August 2017, the BBC’s prime time popular interest programme The One Show included a short piece in egg freezing. This clip starts with a cheesy connection to Queen Victoria’s fertility (Jenna Coleman was in the studio to promote the new series in which she plays the monarch) but is followed by an interesting package (4 mins 40 seconds duration) in which 37 year old Dr Zoe Williams examines the possibility of having her eggs frozen. In keeping with many other women, Williams argues that she hasn’t started a family as she is still waiting to find the “right man” a notion she describes as “social infertility”. Continue reading
Broadcaster: BBC News
Review by Emma Sterling
“For people from an ethnic minority background like me and my family, finding yourself in a situation where you need an organ transplant can sometimes feel like a death sentence.”
This short documentary (26 minutes) investigates the lack of Black, Asian, Minority ethnic group (BAME) organ donors and explores the influence this shortage has on the transplant black market overseas. The programme follows BBC news presenter Seb Choudhury as he donates a kidney to his mother Sakina, who had been given 3 years to live without a transplant (whereas the waiting list without his intervention might have been up to 10 years). Continue reading
Through happenstance Sylvia believed she knew who had received her donor eggs. Would they want to make contact?
In 1991 Sylvia made an anonymous donation of eggs at the London Fertility Centre. A chance observation in a newspaper allowed her to identify the recipient of her egg, thanks to a newspaper article. The programme (50 mins) follows Sylvia as she makes contact with the woman and her twin children. It also tells the story of Sylvia’s own son Eliott, who was himself conceived with donated sperm.
A repeat of this programme broadcast on the channel Really in 2013 is also available.