Wednesday 11th March 2020
W, UKTV's premium entertainment channel, has commissioned two new series of Inside the Ambulance (2 x 10x60') and also confirmed that these will now be filmed in Oxford and Portsmouth.
Inside the Ambulance has aired nine series, along with a special Christmas series, since 2016 and has reached 12.3m adults across all episodes (including repeats). The tenth series is coming to W in May and will include the 100th episode.
The series, which is produced by Brown Bob Productions, uses GoPro cameras mounted inside an ambulance and on crew members to get viewers closer than ever to the work of ambulance crews.
The first ten series were filmed with West Midlands Ambulance Service in Dudley, Stoke and Willenhall. The new series - the eleventh and twelfth - are being filmed with South Central Ambulance Service in Oxford and Portsmouth.
The UKTV Original series takes viewers onto the front line of the NHS and captures every moment as first responders tackle thousands of calls each day, from life-threatening emergencies to cuts and bruises. Also featuring the lighter moments of dealing with the great British public, Inside the Ambulance is life-affirming and engaging television.
Inside the Ambulance is commissioned for UKTV by Natalie Rose, commissioning editor and Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment and Richard Watsham is director of commissioning. Emma Roberts-Price will series produce for Brown Bob Productions and Paula Campion will exec produce.
Natalie Rose said:
It's fantastic to be working with Brown Bob on another two series of our highly successful Inside the Ambulance. Our viewers have two brand new locations and a completely new cohort of paramedics to look forward to - with all the expected challenges and surprises this new region will bring.
Adam Collings said:
W viewers are huge fans of this series, so it's brilliant to be bringing them more of what they love. We can't wait to see the stories from the Oxford and Portsmouth areas.
Brown Bob Productions' CEO, Jacqueline Hewer, said:
We simply love making this series for W. After producing 100 episodes working with the West Midlands Ambulance Service, it's time to move on to a new patch. We're confident the warmth, humour and everyday drama viewers love so much will continue to shine through in these new series.
The brand-new series of Inside the Ambulance joins a whole host of new UKTV Originals coming to W in 2020. Shows include The Wedding Fixer, a brand-new series which follows highly respected wedding planner Sarah Haywood as she battles to save couples from wedding day turmoil, and the two-part special of Emma Willis: Special Births.
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W is UKTV's premium entertainment channel, offering audiences a dazzling mix of UKTV Original series with some of the UK's most-loved talent in front and behind the camera.
Part of the W family, Emma Willis trains as a maternity care assistant in Emma Willis: Delivering Babies, while Emily Atack asks herself some big questions in Emily Atack: Adulting and Stacey Dooley spends some time with extraordinary families in Stacey Dooley: Sleeps Over. For its first foray into scripted original series, W welcomed Lorna Martin's Women on the Verge and celebrity PR drama Flack, starring Academy award winner Anna Paquin.
W will also delve into the world of babies and weddings with My Famous Babysitter and The Wedding Fixer later this year, while channel favourite Inside The Ambulance continues to shine a light on paramedics across the UK. Inside the Operating Theatre takes that relationship further, getting to the heart of the surgeons saving lives inside the hospital. Debut series Ski A&E will look at the heroic actions of emergency ski services. And finally, W's hit acquisitions MasterChef Australia, MasterChef USA and MasterChef USA Juniors round out the offering.
UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.
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About Brown Bob Productions
Brown Bob Productions specialises in high volume, high rating factual series. The company has a particular expertise in designing bespoke rigs in order to film people and places in a new and different way. Brown Bob has produced a number of different series for UKTV under the Inside the... brand, including Inside the Operating Theatre and Inside the Vets. It's also behind the ratings-winner, Fraud Squad: The Hunt for BBC One.