Though I have appeared on a number of TV and radio interviews in connection with books, the main media piece was the 1997 BBC Horizon documentary ‘The Man Who Lost His Body,’ about Ian Waterman and directed by Chris Rawlence. This was filmed in the UK and the US over several months. It was acclaimed on release and has been shown round the world. It is also used, via You Tube, in many science courses to explain the role of movement and position sense, and touch, in health and disease.

The Man Who Lost His Body,’ a TV documentary based on Pride and a Daily Marathon. BBC2 Horizon, October 16th, 1997. Rosetta Pictures, Director, Chris Rawlence, Producer, Emma Crichton-Miller.

This documentary was awarded the BMA Award for contribution to medical education.


‘Why it is worthless to judge at face value.’ Independent on Sunday, November 2nd, 1997.

‘Pulling G’s aboard the Vomit Comet: Physiology in Weightlessness.’ The Physiological Society Magazine, 38, (2000), 10-12.

‘Braving the Vomit Comet,’ Wellcome News, 2000, 23:24.

Jonathan pictured here having survived the NASA reduced-gravity aircraft, otherwise known as the ‘vomit comet’

‘We had a family friend who was an astronaut. She wanted a photo of me being sick during a research flight on NASA’s microgravity ‘Vomit Comet,’ to email to our young daughters. She asked the on-board cameraman to make sure he had a good shot when the time came. Fortunately, and to preserve to honour of UK physiology, I was not sick during the flight. When we touched down at NASA’s Ellington Field, the photographer said he take a photo of me in front of the plane instead. I did my best Tom Cruise impersonation.’

‘Brain Waves; Clinical Neurophysiology, uniting clinical skills and diagnostic tests.’ Public Service Review, 2006, 12, 67-68.

‘Getting your Head Read.’ European Issue, Public Service Review, 2007, 14, 76-78.

Chekhov and Sakhalin, Times Literary Supplement, December 11th, 2015. Reply to mistaken letter.

Charles Bell’s Sixth Sense. Physiology News, 2018, 110, 32-35.

Obituary, Graham Harding, The Times, October 15th, 2018

Some Reviews

Cole Jonathan – Book review for the Times Literary Supplement of Klawans’ ‘Newton’s Madness’, 1990.

Cole Jonathan – Book review of Granta’s ‘The Body.’ BMJ, 305, 1992, 1030-1.

Jonathan Cole – Review of Weiskrantz’s ‘Consciousness Lost and Found,’ Journal of Consciousness Studies, 1998

Review of Daniel McNeill’s ‘The Face’ ‘Let’s face it.’ For the Times Literary Supplement, June 4th 1999, p28.

Review of Sander Gilman’s, ‘Creating the Body to Cure the Soul, Race and Psychology in the shaping of aesthetic surgery,’ and ‘Making the Body Beautiful – A cultural history of aesthetic surgery,’ ‘Stealing Beauty,’ for the Times Literary Supplement, July 9th, 1999, p8-9.

Review of Mills, Magnetic stimulation of the human nervous system and Pascual-Leone, ‘Handbook of Transcranial magnetic stimulation.’ For Spinal Cord, 2002.

Review of Gerd Sommerhoff, ‘Understanding Consciousness.’ For Journal of Communication Studies, 2003.

Review of Prinz, et al, ‘Understanding Action,’ Lancet Neurology, 2004, 3,1, 69.

Review of ‘One of Us: Conjoined Twins and the Future of Normal.’ Alice Domurat Dreger. Nature, 22 May 2004, 423.

Review of Future Face, an exhibition at the Science Museum curated by Sandra Kemp, together with her book and CD also called Future Face and published by The Wellcome Trust and Progress Books, Nature, 2004, Nov 4, 432, 20.

Review of Neuro-behavioral Determinants of Interlimb Coordination: A Multidisciplinary Approach, Edited by Stephan P Swinnen and Jacques Duysens. Lancet Neurology, January 20, 2005.

Review of How the Body Shapes the Mind, Shaun Gallagher, OUP, Pragmatics & Cognition, 2006, 14:1, 192-6.

Review of ‘Consciousness Reconnected: Missing Links between Self, Neuroscience, Psychology and Art.’ Derek Steinberg, Oxford: Radcliffe. 2010. for

Review of Michael Schillmeier Rethinking Disability : Bodies, Senses and Things’.New York, London: Routledge, 2010. £80 ISBN 78-0-415-99325-8 for Senses and Society. 2012, 7, 1, 115-118.

Appearances and Interviews on:

BBC TV, The Late Show, Children’s lectures, The Dancer’s Body with Deborah Bull.

BBC Radio 4: Afternoon Shift, Sense the Difference with Claudia Hammond, All in the Mind, Start The Week, Front Row, Talk with on Darwin’s Expression of the Emotions in Man and Animals with Professors Steve Jones and Semir Zeki, Natural History Unit series, ‘Touch,’

Radio 3 talk with Christopher Cook and Jonathan Miller,  Free Thinking with Philip Dodd and Siobhan Davies.

Discovery Channel piece, with Ian Waterman ‘One Step Beyond.’

TV Channel 5; Science Feature on facial expression and social esteem.

ABC Radio and TV, Australia, on programmes on faces.

WNYC Radio, USA, on the nature of emotion, with Paul Ekman et al.

German/Swiss/Austrian TV: with Miriam Carbe, and with Elisabeth Pfister, on the aspects of the face.

NYC Radio for Public Broadcast Radio, USA.

CBC; The Power of the Senses: Touch.

PBS US ‘The Brain,’ series with David Eagleman.

Guardian feature article on ‘About Face.’

Sunday Times Interview in relation to face transplants with John Cornwell.

Interview with Anna Fazakerley for THES with author Clare George for scitalk network, in relation to loss of facial expression in novels. Fazarkerley, ‘We met, talked and then whoosh!’ THES, October 21, 2006.

Time magazine interview in relation to article on faces.