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Dr Richard Shepherd, ITV Choice, Autopsy

Forensic pathologist Richard Shepherd talks about Autopsy: The Last Hours of… on ITV Choice.

On Thursdays we get to see the wonder that is Autopsy: The Last Hours of… on ITV Choice (DStv channel 123) at 21:55 CAT.

In an interview with forensic pathologist Dr Richard Shepherd, we find out what we can expect from the series.

Shepherd says his interest pathology started “[a]t school sadly! My friend gave me a textbook on it which I found fascinating!”

He loved the course and went on to study medicine.

His favourite thing about his job is solving the puzzles. “The process of looking and understanding becomes a bit like a jigsaw – and to see what’s gone on in a crime scene is exciting!”

In Autopsy, viewers can look forward to seeing Shepherd piece together the events that led to the deaths of some famous people. He uses the reports to explain what has actually happened on a level everyone can understand. “It’s hard to find a balance sometimes,” he explains when talking about the series. “You need to be able to give information and a proper understanding while also showing concern for families.”

Shepherd notes that, although it’s his job, he enjoys a good crime novel but also finds himself shouting at the telly when shows get their facts and processes wrong. “I’ve been doing it for so long,” he says, “I must’ve done over 25 000 autopsies in my time.”

Shepherd says that viewers can expect 360 degree coverage on Autopsy. The medical tale that will be told is very extensive and told in relatable terms. It covers the media background, what was done in the last days and even the last weeks of a person’s life. “It allows us to paint that picture of what really happened” he says.

Reflecting on his career so far Sheperd says “I’m very lucky. I fell in love with something at 15 and I still love it at 65.”

Watch Autopsy: The Last Hours of… on ITV Choice (123), Thursdays at 21:55 and see what Dr Richard Shepherd can teach you.