ITV orders ob-doc series “Trauma: Level One”

The October Films-produced series will take viewers inside the high-intensity trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton to follow the stories of emergency teams, accident victims with severe injuries, and their families.
July 4, 2013

British network ITV has commissioned an observational documentary series about the specialist trauma unit at University Hospital Southampton.

Produced by October Films, Trauma: Level One (two x 60-minutes, working title) will follow the stories of emergency teams and victims of car, paragliding, motorbike and cycling accidents from the moment paramedics arrive on the scene to the day patients are discharged.

The series was commissioned by ITV’s controller of current affairs and news operations Ian Squires, and is executive produced by Denman Rooke, series produced by Jane McGoldrick, and produced by Rebecca Hayman.

“This is the story of the day life changes forever and we have been privileged to see it from all sides,” Squires said in a statement. “From the perspectives of the specialist medical teams who are making the critical interventions, from the relatives of those involved and from the patients themselves, the people who – without warning – are overtaken by the most disastrous events.”

Trauma: Level One will air in primetime this summer and will be distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights.

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