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Ambulance is a BAFTA Award-winning British documentary television series on BBC One currently narrated by Christopher Eccleston and formerly narrated by Kris Marshall which follows the work of the London Ambulance Service in series 1, the West Midlands Ambulance Service in series 2 and 3, and the North West Ambulance Service in series 4. Series 2, 3 and 4 were produced by Dragonfly Film and Television Productions.

Ambulance
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GenreDocumentary
Directed byBruce Fletcher
Narrated by
Composer(s)Matthew Cracknell
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series4
No. of episodes19
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Dragonfly Film and Television Productions
DistributorBBC
Release
Original networkBBC One
Picture format16:9 1080i
Audio formatStereo
Original release27 September 2016 (2016-09-27) –
present

Contents

TransmissionsEdit

Series Start date End date Episodes
1 27 September 2016 11 October 2016 3
2 24 August 2017 12 October 2017 8
3 26 April 2018 29 November 2018[1][2] 8
4 18 October 2018 TBA TBA
5[3] TBA TBA 12

EpisodesEdit

Series 1 (2016)Edit

No. overallNo. in seriesOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
1
1
27 September 2016 (2016-09-27)4.43
The first episode reveals the dilemmas faced by the London Ambulance Service as they are forced to bump patients down the queue so they can prioritise the sickest, deal with time-wasters and cope with the ever-present threat that a major incident is just a 999 call away.
2
2
4 October 2016 (2016-10-04)4.95
Episode two joins the staff in the nerve-centre control room on the night shift, when amongst the thousands of calls they receive, they also have to contend with hoaxers, frequent callers and run-away patients. At one point, 125 patients are waiting for assistance and the ambulance allocators are forced to prioritise the sickest patients, even if that means bumping others down the queue.
3
3
11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)4.16
The London Ambulance Service brace themselves for a demanding weekend shift. As Londoners head out to play, the Ambulance Service often has to pick up the pieces. They need prepare for a torrent of cases, all with their own unique challenges.

Series 2 (2017)Edit

No. overallNo. in seriesOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
4
1
24 August 2017 (2017-08-24)4.45
Paramedics race to help a man that has suddenly collapsed.
5
2
31 August 2017 (2017-08-31)4.90
The highly skilled team race to help a patient who has been stabbed five times.
6
3
7 September 2017 (2017-09-07)4.69
A woman having a heart attack is taken to the Cardiac Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital.
7
4
14 September 2017 (2017-09-14)4.67
A specialist team is dispatched to a serious car accident in Warwickshire.
8
5
21 September 2017 (2017-09-21)4.72
A call comes in from a terrified mum whose toddler is fitting.
9
6
28 September 2017 (2017-09-28)4.27
Justin helps deliver a baby, goes to a prolific caller and surprises a drunk patient.
10
7
5 October 2017 (2017-10-05)4.38
Two brothers battling with addiction strikes a personal chord for paramedic Nina.
11
8
12 October 2017 (2017-10-12)4.57
The West Midlands Ambulance Service must deal with the severe consequences of Storm Doris.

Series 3 (2018)Edit

No. overallNo. in seriesOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
12
1
26 April 2018 (2018-04-26)4.38
A day shift takes an unexpected turn for two West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedics.
13
2
3 May 2018 (2018-05-03)4.35
Extra staff are brought in on New Year's Eve, but the night doesn't go as planned.
14
3
10 May 2018 (2018-05-10)4.06
A West Midlands Ambulance Service specialist trauma team are called to a brutal stabbing.
15
4
17 May 2018 (2018-05-17)3.95
A day shift with paramedic crews brings a spike in mental health cases.
16
5
24 May 2018 (2018-05-24)4.55
A specialist paramedic attends a machete attack but his less urgent jobs are as troubling.
17
6
31 May 2018 (2018-05-31)4.44
It's the last Saturday night before Christmas and Sui has to prioritise stabbing victims.
18
7
22 November 2018 (2018-11-22)TBA
West Midlands Ambulance Service must manage problems of a winter NHS crisis that has left patients queuing in the corridors of Royal Stoke Hospital.
19
8
29 November 2018 (2018-11-29)TBA
West Midlands Ambulance Service crews pay a heavy emotional toll after attending troubling cases of addiction and attempted suicide.

Series 4 (2018-2019)Edit

No. overallNo. in seriesOriginal air date Viewers
(millions)
20
1
18 October 2018 (2018-10-18)TBA
Over a busy weekend in Manchester, North West Ambulance Service paramedics Andrea and Glynn attend an RTC, while Debbie and Shaun try to persuade a homeless man to go to hospital.
21
2
25 October 2018 (2018-10-25)TBA
During a 12-hour night shift with North West Ambulance Service, call handler Elly tackles an increasing volume of calls, and there are surprises for paramedics April and Clare.
22
3
1 November 2018 (2018-11-01)TBA
A suspected terror incident requires a large-scale response and brings back memories of the Manchester Arena attack for the paramedics.
23
4
6 December 2018 (2018-12-06)TBA
Call handler Joe faces his first unsupervised shift answering 999 calls on a busy night for the North West Ambulance Service.
24
5
25 April 2019 (2019-04-25)TBA
A Friday night shift takes an unexpected turn for paramedic Jon. A panicked caller needs help for a friend who has given birth in a hotel room despite not knowing she was pregnant.
25
6
2 May 2019 (2019-05-02)TBA
Joining North West Ambulance Service for a twelve-hour night shift. Call handler Elly tackles an increasing volume of calls, and there are surprises for paramedics April and Clare.

ReceptionEdit

Michael Hogan, writing for The Daily Telegraph gave the second series 4 stars, saying "All human life was here. We witnessed birth, death and resurrection in the space of just two shifts. It sure beats Casualty".

International versionsEdit

Ambulance Australia screens on Network Ten in Australia.

The first series of Ambulance (אמבולנס), was aired on Reshet in Israel during 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ West Midlands Ambulance Service [@OFFICIALWMAS] (31 May 2018). "There are two more episodes of #Ambulance still to come in this series, but you're going to have to wait a little while as they're not due to be shown until the Autumn. ☹ Hope you don't miss us too much! #Ambulance" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  2. ^ West Midlands Ambulance Service [@OFFICIALWMAS] (18 October 2018). "... the remaining two episodes of series three are set to be shown in late November" (Tweet). Retrieved 18 October 2018 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ https://www.bbc.co.uk/mediacentre/latestnews/2019/ambulance-series-five

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