The Witchdoctor Will See You Now

The four part series The Witchdoctor Will See You Now, explores tribal and traditional medicines and the alternative healthcare available outside the Western, industrialised world.

Piers travels with two patients, each with different conditions, to different countries around the globe to search for answers to their ailments. Each episode explores the local treatment in one of four countries – Hong Kong in China, Peru, Cameroon and India.

The four episodes are called Snake Blood Remedy: Hong Kong, Hallucinogenic Healing: Peru, Goat Blood Bath: Cameroon and Cow Urine Cure: India. The series is out now on National Geographic Channel worldwide.

Insider’s Photo Gallery

Travel the world with a selection of photographs from the shoot of The Witchdoctor Will See You Now.

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Press for Witchdoctor

The Witchdoctor Will See You Now went out on National Geographic worldwide, and so attracted a lot of attention from a variety of media sources. These included major newspapers such as The Sunday Times and Mail On Sunday, as well as Broadcast Magazine, Heat, Total TV, Zoo, and The Weekend Australian. Piers was also interviewed by Healthy Living Radio in Australia, which can be heard below:

“The highlight was presenter Piers Gibbon knocking back a hallucinogenic broth”Broadcast magazine
“Piers Gibbon… has massive British cojones”monsters and critics

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“Great comedy moments…”Broadcast Magazine

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“TV Gold!”Broadcast Magazine

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“You’ll never bad-mouth the NHS again.”Zoo

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“Brutal treatments… interesting results.”The Sunday Times

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Credits

Producer/Directors Roger Power, Hannah Griffiths, Osca Humphreys, Ruth Newman
Assistant Directors Catherine Hoskin, Chris Taylor
Presenter Piers Gibbon
Editors Alison Hunt, Keren Aarons, George Taylor, Whetham Allpress
Executive Producer Georgina Surtees
Production Co-ordinator Owen Gower
Casting Producer George Hughes
Series Producer Carolyn Payne
Researcher Naomi Banat
Sound Dominic Yip, Mario Rivas, Darshan Singh
Camera Jason Riddell, Virendra Khanna
Executives Ed Crick, Mike Griffiths
For National Geographic Michael Welsh, Steve Burns

FAQ

Q: That tongue acupuncture/ayahusaca/cow urine – does it actually work and will it help my condition?

A: In this series we show an honest account of what happened to our two volunteers and Piers when they tried these things. But this is not a scientific experiment. There’s certainly some interesting results but a TV series like this cannot prove or disprove anything. A really great place to start if you are thinking about this whole area is Bad Science by Ben Goldacre. You can purchase his book here.