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Dr Xand van Tulleken

Dr. Xand has presented numerous shows for the BBC and Channel 4 including: Blow Your Mind, Horizon, Secret Life of Twins, How to Lose Weight Well and Medicine Men Gone Wild.

Xand, alongside his twin brother Chris, present CBBC’s Operation Ouch! The series has been a huge success, involving self-experimentation from the twins to find weird and wonderful ways of teaching kids about the human body. The sixth series has just started filming and the show has won two children's BAFTA awards plus a Broadcast Award for Best Children's programme. Their Operation Ouch tour of Australia this January was a massive hit, selling out all venues including the Sydney Opera House. 

Their 2014 BBC1 Horizon on the Sugar V Fat debate was hugely successful and garnered a lot of press attention. Xand's Daily Mail article on this very subject was shared over 33,000 times online. Their second Horizon, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?, TX’d to further acclaim. Xand's 1st solo Horizon about the online dating phenomenon was shown last April and he gained many admirers! Last year also saw Chris and Xand report on the harrowing winter migrant crisis in Frontline Doctors for BBC One and Xand presented his second solo Horizon on Sports Doping. Xand also presents Channel 4's signature health show, How to Lose Weight Well, series 3 will be transmitted laster this year. Xand released a book to accompany the series which went straight to the top of the Amazon book charts. 

Xand was at the forefront of Ebola research appearing on US networks speaking about the crisis including Al Jazeera, MSNBC, FOX5 and BBC world service. He was the health reporter for CNN International. Xand has also been filming his first US series for MSNBC.

Xand is no stranger to practising medicine in extreme environments; his first television series, Medicine Men Go Wild (Channel 4), saw Xand testing out tribal medicine that involved everything from Congolese hallucinogens to having large spikes stuck into his face in Indonesia. He and his twin brother Chris went on to head BBC1’s The Secret life of Twins which focused on the theories of nature vs. nurture with identical twins.

Xand and Chris grew up in London, they both studied medicine at Oxford University and Xand specialised in Tropical medicine. As a junior doctor he worked in the genocide in Darfur and this inspired a passion for the politics and medicine of conflict zones which lead to his Academic appointment in the US. He now works between New York, Harvard and various humanitarian crises all over the world.

TV CREDITS

XAND

How to Lose Weight Well, Channel 4, 2016 & 2017
Horizon: Sports Doping - Winning at any Cost?, BBC2, 2016
Horizon: How to Find Love Online, BBC2, 2016
US News health expert on networks/shows such as:
BBC America
Rachael Ray Show
MSNBC
Al Jazeera America
Al Jazeera English
Dr Oz Show
Exclusive CNN health expert Sept/Oct 2014
Kill or Cure, BBC Worldwide


CHRIS & XAND

Frontline Doctors: Winter Migrant Crisis, BBC1, 2016
Horizon, Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?, BBC2, 2015
Blow Your Mind, CBBC, 2014
Horizon, Sugar V Fat, BBC2, 2014
Operation Ouch, CBBC (5x series) 2011 – ongoing
Which Doctor? Sky One, 1x1hour pilot
The Secret Life of Twins, BBC1, 2009
Medicine Men Go Wild, Channel 4, 4x1hour, 2008

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15/07/16 Radio Times Sports Doping - Winning at Any Cost? Article
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29/03/16 Daily Mirror Frontline lifesavers Article
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19/11/15 The Sunday Times Magazine Doctors In Your House Article
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11/03/14 The Times They’re brainy, they’re doctors, they’re twins. Form a queue. Article
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03/02/14 Metro The Best Of What’s On Article
03/02/14 Daily Mail One twin gave up sugar, the other gave up fat. Their experience could change YOUR life. Article
03/02/14 Mail On Sunday Wednesday January 29 Article
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03/02/14 Daily Express Twin brothers take radical steps to show the real impact of our fad diets Read Article
03/02/14 Fox News Low-sugar vs. low-fat: Twin doctors experiment to see which diet works best Read Article
29/01/14 Daily Mail One twin gave up sugar, the other gave up fat. Their experiment could change YOUR life Read Article
13/11/13 Sunday Mirror Bogey Wonderland Article
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08/07/12 Daily Mail Which doctor would you choose? Article
01/10/09 The Independent Last Night’s Television: The Secret Life of Twins Article
26/09/09 The Times The Secret Life of Twins Article
05/02/08 Daily Mirror Medicine Men Go Wild Article
29/01/08 Daily Mirror Medicine Men Go Wild Article
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