Michael studied PPE at Oxford and then became an investment banker…before realising that this really wasn’t the industry for him…so he retrained as a doctor. After studying medicine at the Royal Free Hospital in London and qualifying as a doctor…he realised that this wasn’t really the industry for him either!
Michael joined the BBC as a trainee assistant producer and over the ensuing 25 years has made numerous science and history documentaries for the BBC, first behind the camera and more recently as a presenter.
He was executive producer of QED, Trust Me I’m a Doctor and Superhuman. He has worked with John Cleese, Jeremy Clarkson, Professor Robert Winston, Sir David Attenborough and Professor Alice Roberts. He devised and executive-produced three of the most popular science and history programmes of the last decade: Pompeii- the last day, Supervolcano and Krakatoa. He has also made a number of business programmes, including, Trouble at the Top and Back to the Floor.
As a presenter he has made a dozen series for the BBC, including Medical Mavericks, Blood and Guts, Inside Michael Mosley, Science Story, The Young Ones, Inside the Human Body, Eat, Fast Live Longer, The Truth about Exercise, Pain, Pus & Poison and The Genius of Invention. Trust Me, I’m a Doctor returned to BBC 2 with Michael now acting as a presenter as well.
Following the extraordinary interest in and success of Eat, Fast & Live Longer Michael has co-authored a book called The Fast Diet with Evening Standard journalist Mimi Spencer. The Fast Diet was published by Short Books in February 2013. Michael’s latest book, The 8-week Blood Sugar Diet was published in December 2015 and has become an international bestseller.
He has won numerous awards, including being named Medical Journalist of the Year by the British Medical Association in 1995.
Michael writes for the Mail on Sunday, The Times and The Independent. He is a regular columnist for Focus magazine and Eureka.
He is married to a doctor and has four children.
Medical Journalist of the Year
By the British Medical Association, 1995.
The Human Face
Emmy nominated series with John Cleese and Liz Hurley
Are We Changing Planet Earth
EMMY award winning series with Sir David Attenborough
Superhuman, Twins, Threads of Life
Multi award winning series with Professor Robert Winston Leonardo da Vinci – a BAFTA nominated series with Alan Yentob