Royal Preston Hospital’s Cause of Death gives ‘unique insight’ as it returns for second Channel 5 series

Posted on - 8th November, 2023 - 10:22pm | Author - | Posted in - Fulwood, Health, Preston News, Sharoe Green, TV
Royal Preston Hospital and the Lancashire coroners service is the focus of the documentary Pic: Channel 5

Cause of Death has returned to Royal Preston Hospital for a second series – exploring behind the scenes of real-life coronial investigations, medical processes and police investigations.


The first series was hugely popular and sparked two more series to be renewed, with another coming in 2024.


Viewers felt a mix of emotions while watching the show, with many noting how sad but “interesting” it is.

One viewer said: “Always interesting watching #causeofdeath so the public have an insight in to what is coroners officers deal with on a daily basis.”

The series, which looks into the cause of death of the public, once again graced our screens on Wednesday 8 November, 2023 at 9pm on Channel 5 and fans weren’t disappointed.

It looked into the ups and downs of working in the coroners’ service as well as the processes of what happens when someone passes away unexpectedly.

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Once again being filmed in Royal Preston Hospital, colleagues from Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust feature as they assist in coronial investigations.

No time was wasted jumping right into the first case which was investigating the death of 92-year-old Eleanor Rutherford who had dementia and died after being punched in the face by a fellow care home resident three weeks earlier.

Those involved looked into whether the assault played a part in Eleanor’s death and if it would be in the public interest to take legal action.

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Despite looking into the serious nature of the situation, the public were left wiping away tears as family members were interviewed to add a human element to the programme.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when the “emotional connection” between those who died and family was explored.

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While Eleanor’s case was being investigated, the show soon moved on to a police call from a member of the public who hadn’t seen his neighbour for around a month.

The officer who was called in the check the property soon found a deceased man, whose face was “decomposed”, with coroners looking into how and when he died.

The intricate nature of the job was revealed when the person investigating the death had to look at the man’s dental records to identify him – with him ending up being who they thought.

Viewers were left wanting more with the show jumping from case to case, with fans having to concentrate to keep up with which investigation was looking at and when.

While the second series of the Channel 5 programme aired, Lancashire Hospitals live tweeted throughout.

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They explained what was going on in more detail, delving into the specifics such as why they use teeth to identify a human.

The same faces can be seen in most episodes such as Specialist Radiographer Beckie Western who said she is happy to be involved in the programme.

In a statement featured on the Lancs Hospital’s Twitter page, she said: “You have to leave your emotion at the door in our job.

“It’s nice to be involved, I only started in the department in February 2022 as they were finishing filming the first series – I saw the back end of filming – so it’s been great to be involved in the making of the second series.”

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