British broadcaster UKTV has greenlit two seasons of Helicopter ER for reality channel Really.
Building on the net’s success with Helicopter Heroes, the Air Television-produced program is the first original series for Really, and will follow the doctors and paramedics of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as they fly around the county tending to hill farmers, bikers, hang-glider pilots and tourists.
The series has received an episode order of 30 episodes – one of Really’s largest commissions to date, and will ultimately sit in a peak primetime slot.
Helicopter ER is currently in production and will air at the end of the year and into 2017. It was commissioned by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and produced for UKTV by Tanya Qureshi.
Ian Cundall is exec producing for Air TV, while Andy Joynson is series producer and Matt Richards is co-series producer.
Helicopter ER marks the second major commission for Air Television, which was founded by former BBC staffers Cundall and Joynson. The company recently produced 15 episodes of Emergency Rescue Down Under for BBC1, following a group of Australian flying doctors. Many of the producers also worked on Helicopter Heroes.
“We are proud to have worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crews for many years,” said Ian Cundall, executive producer for Air Television. “Our specially trained shoot PDs are able to shadow the medical team on the most complex rescues and to the most exposed locations.”