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Shine Australia to produce Australian version of Embarrassing Bodies

Embarrassing Bodies UK

Embarrassing Bodies UK

Shine Australia is to produce an Australian version of the UK medical show Embarrassing Bodies for Foxtel later this year.

Production for Embarrassing Bodies Down Under will start next month, with the series expected to air on Foxtel’s LifeStyle You channel in the second half of 2013.

The host of the UK series, Dr Christian Jessen, will appear in the Australian version, although not in a hosting capacity. A Foxtel spokeswoman said he would work closely with a cadre of Australian doctors, who have yet to be announced.

Mark Fennessy, CEO of Shine Australia, said: “Embarrassing Bodies has become a health and lifestyle phenomenon in the UK. Together with the fabulous Dr Christian and a talented team of local doctors we look forward to making it appointment to view television for the Australian audience.”

Hannah Barnes, Foxtel’s head of programming and commissions of the LifeStyle Group, said: “Embarrassing Bodies is one of LifeStyle You’s most successful properties, so it is a huge win for Foxtel not only to have secured the rights to a local version, but also to have Dr Christian involved in this new production.”

“Embarrassing Bodies is a groundbreaking lifestyle format that has become a global hit. The franchise continues to grow here in Australia in terms of ratings, which shows that Aussies are more than ready for a local version” she said.

Just like its UK counterpart, this series will feature an array of embarrassed patients, young and old, who suffer from visually shocking and personally mortifying conditions.

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