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HAPPY BIRTHDAY, NHS! Next week, on 5 July, the NHS will be 70. The BBC is celebrating the institution and its extraordinary staff with a week of special programmes, says Claire Murphy.

Byline: Claire Murphy

Jo Brand (used to be a psychiatric nurse) hosts a competition each evening in which medics go head-to-bandagedhead to become Britain's Best Junior Doctor. They're saying it's the first quiz show with a medical theme. We're hoping it will be contagious as we'd love to see Jointless, Through The Keyhole Surgery, Betablockerbusters and Catheterphrase Five pioneering hospitals are praised in How The NHS Changed Our World. Papworth in Cambridgeshire led the way in heart transplants; Birmingham Children's Hospital became a flagship for excellence in pediatrics; Moorfields in London has saved the sight of millions; John Radcliffe in Oxford is the hub for research on the brain; and the Centre For Life on Tyneside is making breakthroughs in understanding genetics.

On Tuesday, Anita Rani and Nick Robinson (devoted to the NHS after his cancer treatment) will show us how the service started - free care at the point of delivery - in NHS At 70 - Live.

Finally, four celebs get their hands dirty - actually we hope they use that antibacterial gel - in Celebrities On The Frontline. They're (mostly) champions of the NHS - Jonnie Peacock (loads of operations, got prosthetic leg, became Paralympian), Michael Mosley (trained as a doctor 30 years ago when there was time to stop for tea and cake each afternoon) and Stacey Dooley (spent a long time in hospital with a heart murmur as a child). Only Ann Widdecombe (who shackled pregnant and new-mum prisoners to their beds when she was prisons minister) needs to take some medicine.

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