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How Not To Die

How Not To Die
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7 minutes
Jennifer Shaw, Jess Stevenson, Tom Read & Tom Whitaker
Jennifer Shaw, Jess Stevenson, Tom Read & Tom Whitaker
Executive Producer:
Brian Woods

How Not To Die mixes stand out medical advice with compelling stories of survival from a range of life threatening situations: Electrocution, Car Vs Bike, Cardiac Arrest, Acid Attack, Dog Attack and Drugs. Would you know what to do to save someone’s life?

Dog Attack

8,014 people went to hospital from dog attacks last year - would you know how to stop one?

13-year-old Nick was waiting to play football when his mate’s dog began to maul him. Struggling to battle it off, a neighbor bravely stepped in to try and save his life.


If your friend was having a bad reaction to ecstasy, would you know how to spot it?

16-year-old Lewis and his best mate Luke were celebrating their last day of school by having a night out on ecstasy. When they took too many pills, things spun out of control.

Acid Attack

If someone was attacked with acid, would you know what to do to help?

On the last day of a volunteering trip in Zanzibar, 18-year-old Katie was innocently walking down the street when a moped pulled up beside her and threw acid all over her body. 

Car Vs Bike

If someone got knocked off their bike, would you know the most important thing to do?

Half way through a cycling challenge from Newcastle to London, Adrian was hit by a 2 tonne car travelling at 60 mph. At that speed, there’s more than a 95% chance you’ll die. 

Cardiac Arrest

90-95% of Cardiac Arrests are fatal unless someone acts quickly. 

17-year-old Ben was working as a waiter when he suddenly collapsed. 12 young people die every week from undiagnosed cardiac conditions, would you know what to do to save somebody? 


Tom Hubbard climbed a train for a daredevil selfie when he was struck with a 25,000 electric shock from the overhead cables - that’s 100 times the power supply in your home. His best mate Mitchell didn’t know whether he was dead or alive…


If someone was stabbed, would you know what to do to help in the critical first minutes? 20-year-old Dom bravely offers a fresh perspective of surviving a stabbing, which left him fighting for his life on Christmas Day 2015.


Victim Support

08 08 16 89 111 – Free and Confidential Helpline

Victim Support (VS) is the independent charity for people affected by crime and traumatic events in England and Wales. Our specialist teams provide individual, independent, emotional and practical help to enable people to cope and recover from the effects of crime.

We’re not part of the police, the courts or any other criminal justice agency. Our services are free and available to everyone, whether or not the crime has been reported and regardless of when it happened.


0300 123 3393 – Free Info line offering information on different mental health problems and where to get help

Mind provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Their services include crisis helplines, drop-in centres, employment and training schemes, counselling and befriending.

Sudden Cardiac Arrest UK

SCA UK are an online support group providing friendly, non-judgmental, empathic support to survivors who are recovering from Cardiac Arrest. 

They also aim help close family members, particularly those who might have helped save a life or been present when the arrest happened.

Changing Faces:

Changing Faces is the UK’s leading charity for the 1.3 million people in the UK with a visible difference: a mark, scar or condition that makes them look different.
They provide advice, support and psychosocial services to children, young people and adults. They challenge discrimination and campaign for 'Face Equality': a world that truly values and respects people who look different.


Animation: Fudge Studios Medical Consultants: St John Ambulance Production Secretary: Alice Strafford, Lauren Sanders & Victoria Sautter Production Coordinator: Ness Barnett Production Manager: Niki Whewell Casting Researcher: Lilly Pugh Online Editor: Paddy Garrick Series Editor: David Croft Executive Producers for BBC Three: Carl Callam, Daisy Griffith, Laura Marks & Nasfim Haque,  Series Producer: Tom Whitaker Executive Producer: Brian Woods

Produced & Directed by: Jess Stevenson, Tom Read & Tom Whitaker