— Martin Freeth Video Production

    Featured Projects

  • Captain Webb’s legacy: the perils of swimming the English Channel

    The intrepid Serpentine Swimming Club joins The BMJ to brave the perils of sea – which have changed remarkably little since Captain Webb became the first man to swim from England to France in 1875

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  • Celebrities and health: the good, the bad and the ugly

    Celebrities frequently give medical advice and people often follow it. Whether motivated by good intentions or financial rewards, celebrities can generate much publicity for health campaigns by virtue of their visibility, public interest, and perceived newsworthiness. Steven Hoffman an assistant professor, and Charlie Tan a medical student, both at McMaster University, have attempted to find out why we seem so keen to follow their lead.

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  • Smelling the diagnosis

    Sniffer dogs are often seen in airports, but Cliff, the beagle from Amsterdam, is more at home in a hospital. Cliff has been trained to sniff out the bacteria clostridium difficile, which is highly infectious and can cause outbreaks of diarrhoea on the ward.  Scientists at the VU University Medical Centre in Amsterdam studied how effective Cliff was, and found that he can sniff out Clostridium difficile infections in stool samples and even in the air surrounding patients in hospital […]

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  • Fatal Alchemy

    Miracle beauty products may be a staple Christmas present today, but they’re not a recent invention. Diane de Poitiers, a French noble woman and mistress of Henry II of France, tried to use gold to preserve her looks – in alchemical law, gold was immutable, and alchemists and apothecaries created various potions to pass this gift onto their customers. For Christmas, the BMJ has made a film about a French research team’s investigations of Diane’s remains, and its discovery that […]

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  • Sticky tape X-rays

    New research provides evidence for an observation first described over 50 years ago – that peeling sticky tape emits x-rays. Hear the authors discuss their work and see the phenomenon in action.

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  • Maisie & George, and the future of their planet (trailer)

    The NHS is one of Britain’s largest contributors to our carbon footprint. This film is about the impact of climate change on babies born today, and how the NHS can reduce its carbon footprint.

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  • The quantum lattice, with Bill Phillips

    Awarded a Nobel Prize for using lasers to control and cool atoms, producing the Bose-Einstein condensation, Bill Phillips is eager to hear about new theories from young scientists like Hannah Venzl. An exciting dialogue develops between them on a boat trip on Lake Constance as they dream up new collaborative experiments in the quantum world.

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  • The harms of overtreatment

    Overly aggressive treatment is estimated to cause 30 000 deaths among Medicare recipients alone each year. Overall, unnecessary interventions are estimated to account for 10-30% of spending on healthcare in the US, or $250bn-800bn (£154bn-490bn; €190bn-610bn) annually.  This video features Shannon Brownlee, acting director of the New America Health Policy Program and author of Overtreated: How Too Much Medicine is Making Us Sicker and Poorer, David Himmelstein, professor at the City University of New York School of Public Health, and Vikas […]

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  • Beethoven’s deafness and his three styles

    That Beethoven suffered from deafness is well known, but how did the progression of the condition affect his composition? In this video the Isolo string quartet demonstrate how his style changed over time. Read about the science behind the video in the paper, Beethoven’s deafness and his three styles,

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    Alice Stewart was one of Britain’s foremost epidemiologists. However her recognition came late in her career, having spent her life fighting the establishment’s enshrined views. In the 1950s when she started her work, x-rays were routinely used in foetal monitoring. It was Stewart who first showed the link between the practice and childhood leukemia. She went on to look at the effects of low-level radiation exposure – uncovering the true adverse effects of chronic exposure, and thus earning herself the […]

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  • Shit Matters

    Community led total sanitation may not sound like the most cutting edge medical science, but the potential impact of this initiative is huge. Contact with faeces spreads human disease, and this technique helps villagers around the world understand how the practice of open defecation means that they’re, literally, in the shit.

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  • The Living Map of La Bastide

    The Living Map of La Bastide

    To experience a French village in an entirely new way, go to :

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Welcome to is Martin Freeth’s own company.

With over 40 years experience in media, Martin draws on his wealth of knowledge to provide three services:

  • Creative multimedia and TV project development and production – with special focus on science, technology and medicine.
  • Strategic consultancy in broadband content, online education, interactive learning software and science communication.
  • Lively lecturing, tutoring and mentoring.

Explore this site to view a selection of recent projects or get in touch to discuss new commissions.


Recent Films

  • On the edge

    On the edge

    A trailer for a short drama about suicide, depression and the media. This film was made for ‘time to change’ and has not yet been released.

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  • The Germans

    The Germans

    We have been commissioned by ARD-alpha in Germany to make a series of five films during 2015 about what the British think of the Germans. NO VIDEO AVAILABLE YET.

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  • Sensations


    We are planning a series about the fascinating world of the senses to be presented by neuroscientist, Sir Colin Blakemore. The series will bring together philosophers such as Barry Smith at the University of London, with artists, scientists, medics and even chefs. This is our promotional film, running at 18 minutes.

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  • The X-ray Time Machine

    The X-ray Time Machine

    This is a five-minute trail for our completed 26-minute film about the exciting frontiers in X-ray engineering needed to analyse the amazing 2000 year old Antikythera machine. The film has already been shown on German TV, but we are also looking to sell it alongside Tony Freeth’s award winning one-hour documentary ‘The 2000-year-old computer’.

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  • Born Between

    Born Between

    This is an 8 minute promotional film for a project being developed in partnershipo with Fernando Llorente. Truly intersex people (historically known as hermaphrodites) face real discrimination and prejudice. We look at the science behind this condition and ask why the incidence is increasing throughout the world. Funding needed!

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  • The Islamic dream world

    The Islamic dream world

    Along with Professor Iain Edgar at Durham University, we have developed ideas for a TV series under the main title ‘Islam? Think Again’. Individual films could look at Islamic arts and science, but one in particular – the subject of this 14 minute promotional film – will look at the extraordinary world of dreams in Islam. Dreams are seen as very significant by all the different branches of Islam. Never has it been more important to seek to understand the […]

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  • Lindau 2014

    Lindau 2014

    This year we branched out by recruiting Lorna Stewart, psychologist and medical journalist, to present four films about health related research: A Picture of Health.

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  • The Banks’ Latest Stitch-up

    The Banks’ Latest Stitch-up

    Claims UK has discovered another way in which the banks have been misrepresenting loan offers to small businesses.  The film follows an antique dealer who really was stitched up.

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  • Mechanical Musical Dreams

    Mechanical Musical Dreams

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  • Kew Bridge Steam Museum

    Kew Bridge Steam Museum

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