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999: What's Your Emergency? is a British factual programme, following the emergency service. Series 1 followed all 3 frontline services in Blackpool, Lancashire. Series 2 followed ambulance services throughout the UK. Series 3 followed the work of the police and ambulance services in Cheshire. Series 4 onward has followed the work of police and ambulance services in Wiltshire.up until Series 9 which focuses on "Northamptonshire Police"

999: What's Your Emergency?
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Series 1 titlecard
GenreDocumentary
Narrated byHugo Speer (2012, 2016-)
Julian Barratt (2013)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series8
No. of episodes54 (as of Jan 2019)
Production
Executive producer(s)Ed Coulthard (2012-13)
Simon Ford (2012-13)
Guy Davies (2013)
Producer(s)Daniel Fromm (2012)
Mark Jones (2012)
Ally Roberts (2013)
Running time60 minutes (inc. adverts)
Production company(s)Blast!
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Original release10 September 2012 –
present
External links
999: What's Your Emergency?

The first series was filmed in Blackpool over 6 weeks in 2011 and follows members of the Police service, the Fire service and Ambulance service as they work together to tackle crime and disorder in Blackpool.

The third series was announced on 27 June 2016 to be starting on 4 July 2016 on Channel 4. This series follows the Ambulance service and Police force in Cheshire as they attend a wide range of urgent and not so urgent call outs.

Since Series 4 the show has followed the emergency services in Wiltshire, having originally followed the works of Blackpool Emergency Services.

Every episode highlights issues ranging from the damage caused by drugs and alcohol to the reality of domestic violence, and from the dysfunctional way that some people bring up their children to the plight of those who slip through society's safety net, with one or multiple issues raised per episode.

The show uses a mixture of real world filming as well as one on one interview commentary from members of the emergency services to convey the stresses and strains of the emergency services.

Contents

EpisodesEdit

All episode ratings are taken from the BARB website and include Channel 4 and Channel 4+1.

Series Number of episodes Start date End date Average UK viewers
(millions)
1 10 10 September 2012 19 November 2012 2.80
2 6 7 October 2013 11 November 2013 1.98
3 14 4 July 2016 3 October 2016 2.00
4 6 24 July 2017 4 September 2017 1.79
5 7 30 October 2017 11 December 2017
6 4 19 April 2018 10 May 2018
7 4 24 July 2018 14 August 2018
8 3 29 November 2018 4 December 2018
9 3 June 2019

Series 1 (2012)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 10 September 2012 Drugs 2.90 3
2 17 September 2012 Children & Teenage Carers 3.00 4
3 24 September 2012 Relationships & Domestic Abuse 2.95 2
4 8 October 2012 Payday & Bonfire Night 2.76 5
5 15 October 2012 Mental Health 2.96 3
6 22 October 2012 Women 2.91 5
7 29 October 2012 Alcohol 2.88 4
8 5 November 2012 Life or Death & Hoax Calls 3.12 4
9 12 November 2012 Visitors 2.56 5
10 19 November 2012 Highlights & Interviews 1.92 19

Series 2 (2013)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 7 October 2013 Transition to Adulthood 1.71 15
2 14 October 2013 Alcohol 1.78 16
3 21 October 2013 Mental Health 1.94 9
4 28 October 2013 Life or Death 1.94 8
5 4 November 2013 The Elderly 2.19 8
6 11 November 2013 Babies 2.33 6

Series 3 (2016-17)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 4 July 2016 Call Handlers 2.27 2
2 11 July 2016 Legal Highs 2.54 2
3 21 July 2016 Neighbours 2.23 3
4 28 July 2016 Mental Health 1.94 4
5 4 August 2016 Regular Callers & Repeat Offenders 2.20 2
6 11 August 2016 Immigrants & The Language Barrier 1.85 1
7 18 August 2016 Money 1.94 1
8 25 August 2016 Alcohol 2.11 3
9 1 September 2016 Teenagers 2.05 3
10 5 September 2016 Violent Crime 1.72 7
11 19 September 2016 Roads Policing 1.88 7
12 26 September 2016 Relationships & Domestic Abuse 1.63 9
13 3 October 2016 Death 1.71 10
14 27 February 2017 Custody 1.39 16

Series 4 (2017)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 24 July 2017 Immigrants & Hate Crime 1.83 5
2 31 July 2017 Young Men 2.22 5
3 7 August 2017 Drugs 1.81 5
4 14 August 2017 Vigilante Justice 1.78 7
5 28 August 2017 Burglary 2.19 5
6 4 September 2017 Children & Parenting 2.40 7

Series 5 (2017)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 30 October 2017 Sex Crime
2 6 November 2017 Squaddies
3 13 November 2017 Homelessness
4 20 November 2017 Mental Health
5 27 November 2017 The Elderly
6 4 December 2017 Workplace Stress
7 11 December 2017 Juvenile Crime

Series 6 (2018)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 19 April 2018 Dangerous Driving
2 26 April 2018 Mother & Son Relationships
3 3 May 2018 Loneliness
4 10 May 2018 Cannabis

Series 7 (2018)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 24 July 2018 Accidents & Injuries
2 31 July 2018 Ambulance Response Times
3 7 August 2018 Emergency & Non-Emergency Calls
4 14 August 2018 Poverty

Series 8 (2018)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 20 November 2018 Violent Crime
2 27 November 2018 Learning Disabilities
3 04 December 2018 Criminal Families

Series 9 (2019)Edit

Episode Broadcast Date Episode Summary Total viewers
(millions)
Channel 4
weekly rank
1 3 June 2019 Relationships & Domestic Abuse
2 10 June 2019 Increased Demand
3 17 June 2019 Assaults on Police
4 24 June 2019 Knife Crime

ControversiesEdit

Since the airing of the show, residents and councillors from Blackpool have been vocal on how the show has made their home town look to new visitors and especially families, after showing the apparent "darker" side of Blackpool.[1] The leader of Blackpool council Simon Blackburn has even voiced his concerns after watching the show.[2] Esther Rantzen wrote in the Daily Mail about how the show made her "weep for the women of today."[3]

On 26 July 2013 it was confirmed that Crackit Productions and the BBC were about to commission "Holiday Hospital 999" again based in Blackpool however these plans were shelved in what the Blackpool Gazette called a "Bullet Dodged" due to the damaging effect caused by 999: What's Your Emergency? on tourism in the town.[4]

PC Claire van Deurs Goss was disciplined by Lancashire Constabulary after being shown applying lip gloss at the wheel of a police vehicle in Series 1 Episode 6, an action which prompted over 50 complaints to the force.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TV & film news: gossip, pictures & video - Mirror Online". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 20 December 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Knives in their handbags, hell-bent on out-drinking men - The TV show that makes me weep for young women today: A new documentary leaves ESTHER RANTZEN horrified - and deeply concerned". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  4. ^ "'Bullet dodged' on 999 TV show follow up". Retrieved 10 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Blackpool PC disciplined over applying lip gloss". 25 October 2012. Retrieved 10 March 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.

External linksEdit