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Ambulance is a 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 series5
No. of episodes27 (as of 16 May 2019)
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

EpisodesEdit

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1327 September 2016 (2016-09-27)11 October 2016 (2016-10-11)
2824 August 2017 (2017-08-24)12 October 2017 (2017-10-12)
3826 April 2018 (2018-04-26)29 November 2018 (2018-11-29)
4818 October 2018 (2018-10-18)16 May 2019 (2019-05-16)
51230 May 2019 (2019-05-30)TBA

Series 1 (2016)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
1127 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.
224 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.
3311 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.
overall
No. in
series
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
4124 August 2017 (2017-08-24)4.45
Paramedics race to help a man that has suddenly collapsed.
5231 August 2017 (2017-08-31)4.90
The highly skilled team race to help a patient who has been stabbed five times.
637 September 2017 (2017-09-07)4.69
A woman having a heart attack is taken to the Cardiac Unit at Royal Stoke Hospital.
7414 September 2017 (2017-09-14)4.67
A specialist team is dispatched to a serious car accident in Warwickshire.
8521 September 2017 (2017-09-21)4.72
A call comes in from a terrified mum whose toddler is fitting.
9628 September 2017 (2017-09-28)4.27
Justin helps deliver a baby, goes to a prolific caller and surprises a drunk patient.
1075 October 2017 (2017-10-05)4.38
Two brothers battling with addiction strikes a personal chord for paramedic Nina.
11812 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.
overall
No. in
series
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
12126 April 2018 (2018-04-26)4.38
A day shift takes an unexpected turn for two West Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedics.
1323 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.
14310 May 2018 (2018-05-10)4.06
A West Midlands Ambulance Service specialist trauma team are called to a brutal stabbing.
15417 May 2018 (2018-05-17)3.95
A day shift with paramedic crews brings a spike in mental health cases.
16524 May 2018 (2018-05-24)4.55
A specialist paramedic attends a machete attack but his less urgent jobs are as troubling.
17631 May 2018 (2018-05-31)4.44
It's the last Saturday night before Christmas and Sui has to prioritise stabbing victims.
18722 November 2018 (2018-11-22)N/A
West Midlands Ambulance Service must manage problems of a winter NHS crisis that has left patients queuing in the corridors of Royal Stoke Hospital.
19829 November 2018 (2018-11-29)N/A
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.
overall
No. in
series
Original air date Viewers
(millions)
20118 October 2018 (2018-10-18)N/A
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.
21225 October 2018 (2018-10-25)N/A
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.
2231 November 2018 (2018-11-01)N/A
A suspected terror incident requires a large-scale response and brings back memories of the Manchester Arena attack for the paramedics.
2346 December 2018 (2018-12-06)N/A
Call handler Joe faces his first unsupervised shift answering 999 calls on a busy night for the North West Ambulance Service.
24525 April 2019 (2019-04-25)4.26
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.
2562 May 2019 (2019-05-02)3.92
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.
2679 May 2019 (2019-05-09)N/A
The BAFTA-winning series follows ambulance crews in the wake of England's defeat at the 2018 World Cup.
27816 May 2019 (2019-05-16)3.82
While most enjoy a hot May bank holiday weekend in Manchester, North West Ambulance Service paramedics Gary and Claire need face matters of life and death.

Series 5 (2019)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
series
Original air date [1] Viewers
(millions)
28130 May 2019 (2019-05-30)3.93[2]
Call handler Laura offers life-saving advice to a panicked 999 caller.
2926 June 2019 (2019-06-06)TBD
Paramedics Alice and Lauren of the North West Ambulance Service respond to an emergency call for a baby not breathing.
30313 June 2019 (2019-06-13)TBD
Doctor Ian and paramedic Nikki see the human consequences of youth violence when they attend a 13-year-old who has been stabbed and two young men who’ve been shot.
31420 June 2019 (2019-06-20)TBD
Following the North West Ambulance Service on their hectic shifts.

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. ^ "Ambulance – Listing". Next Episode. Retrieved 1 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Four-screen dashboard". Broadcasters' Audience Research Board. Retrieved 11 June 2019.

External linksEdit