Operation Ouch! to return for fifth series on CBBC


CBBC is to air a fifth series of Operation Ouch! with brothers Drs Chris and Xand van Tulleken once more going behind the scenes of Alder Hey Children’s Hospital.

The beeb notes the show will continue to provide incredible nuggets of information about the human body and feature lots of experimenting and exploration through the fascinating world of medicine  as Chris and Xand continue to follow personnel and patients at the facility.

“Even after years of practising medicine, we still learn loads of incredible facts ourselves when filming Operation Ouch! It’s going to be fascinating to see behind the scenes of such a world-class hospital and to hear some of the inspiring stories of the patients there.” – Xand van Tulleken

Chris and Xand will, in a switch-up to the format, look at the departments hidden behind the scenes that patients rarely see – from what it takes to keep everyone fed and watered, to who cleans up the operating theatre after hours and who answers 999 calls. There will also be more medical mysteries answered as Chris and Xand go ‘Ouch and About’ in and around the hospital, trying to answer tricky questions from inquisitive kids.

The new series, which airs on CBBC in the autumn , will also visit a number other hospitals during the series to explore their work and discover more mesmerising medical stories from around the UK.

“We are thrilled to welcome Operation Ouch! back to Alder Hey, this time for Hospital Takeover. Operation Ouch! and CBBC have become part of the Alder Hey family over the last few years and many of our patients and staff are huge fans of the show.


“The series is a fantastic opportunity for Alder Hey to help educate children about health conditions, medicine and treatments, while also hopefully reducing some of the anxiety they may have about coming into hospital.


“After recently moving to our new hospital last October, we are looking forward to showing Chris, Xand and all the Operation Ouch! fans around our new home.” – Medical Director at Alder Hey, Rick Turnock

Operation Ouch! is a Maverick Production for CBBC.