New Gareth Malone series Sing While You Work 'a sham', says doctor – Daily TV round-up

A doctor who took part in choirmaster Gareth Malone's forthcoming TV show has denounced the production as 'dishonest'.

Out of tune: Gareth Malone's new show labelled a 'sham' (Credit: BBC)

Edmund Chaloner, a consultant vascular surgeon at Lewisham Hospital in south-east London added that the filming of the show, called ‘Sing While You Work’, was 'a pain in the a**e'.

The new show finds Malone assembling choirs from four different workplaces to compete with each other, including one from Lewisham Hospital and others from Manchester Airport, the Royal Mail in Bristol and Severn Trent Water.

“The programme makers knew exactly how they were going to play this. They'd put different people in different stereotypes in order to display how we all come together in an example of wonderful musicianship,” said Chaloner.

“They would play on me being a surgeon, pretending that I'm some sort of Lancelot Spratt-type character [the posh, gruff surgeon from the film 'Doctor In The House']. I think it's dishonest, actually. It will purport to show reality but it's not reality at all, I'm afraid.

“I found the whole TV thing a nuisance and if I was asked to do it again, in retrospect I would refuse because of that - not because of the music. As it happened, that was sensational.”

A spokesperson for Twenty Twenty Productions, who made the show, said: “It is not uncommon for contributors to feel worried about the way they come across on screen before a programme transmits.” [Radio Times/The Independent]

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