Heart foundation commissions TV education series

The British Heart Foundation has commissioned a health education television series about coronary heart disease.

The series, called Heartland, starts on September 3 and consists of 12 half-hour shows. It will be shown on lifestyle network Channel Health, which has an estimated audience of 7.5 million people at home and at over 1,000 doctors' surgeries.

The series has been made by two-four productions and cost about £200,000, paid for from the charity's education budget. The charity also plans to use the material for educational purposes.

A spokeswoman from the organisation said: "We wanted to reach people through a different medium."

Heartland will be a magazine show and will be fronted by Maggie Philbin, also a presenter for Tomorrow's World. It will cut to various features, some of them taken from archive footage. It aims to help people adjust their daily routine to keep their hearts healthy.

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