A Countess of Chester Hospital paediatrician is about to join the rank of TV doctors as he makes his professional debut on the small screen in a new Channel 4 show which explores children’s behavioural issues.
Dr Ravi Jayaram, who has worked at the Countess since 2004, has teamed up with Embarrassing Bodies’ Dr Dawn Harper, for Born Naughty? which starts on Thursday (May 14) at 8pm.
The pair will share their expertise with families who believe their child’s conduct has a clinical cause, such as ADHD or autism, and help them find a diagnosis, be it a medical condition or more common behavioural issues.
The four-part series follows eight families and a ‘wide range of children’, who Dr Jayaram says are all ‘inspiring, as are the parents’.
The 47-year-old consultant paediatrician explained that Born Naughty? tackles the perception that these children are just naughty.
He said: “Rather than have a sensationalist look at these children, we wanted to to give an idea of how unclear the knowledge can be sometimes.
“What I am hoping it will do is open people’s eyes to the fact that not every child you see having a tantrum in the supermarket is down to bad parenting.
“If the show manages to make one person a bit more sympathetic to that or to encourage a parent with concerns to seek professional advice then that would be great.”
Aside from a couple of appearances on game shows – such as The Weakest Link which he won in 2003 – Born Naughty? is the first TV show he’s been involved with in his professional capacity, which he said came about due to a ‘series of coincidences’.
“It was really interesting from my point of view because seeing what goes on and how TV works is a whole new experience,” he added.
“It has been great to do something different.”
Dr Ravi Jayaram will be the subject of our weekly feature A Day in the Life on Thursday, May 21.