Lively pensioners and a well-traveled trauma team are set to star in their own series, both given the go-ahead by British broadcaster Channel 4.
Seniors are stepping into the spotlight in Bus Pass Bandits (working title), a 4 x 60 series highlighting British pensioners bent on living a life of adventure and featuring celebrity guests such as John Prescott, Johnny Ball, Eve Pollard, Amanda Barrie (pictured) and Henry Blofeld.
The series is produced by Liberty Bell with Isobel Williams as producer, and executive produced by Jon Connerty and Jamie Isaacs. No release date has been announced.
“Never has there been a better era in which to grow old disgracefully. In Bus Pass Bandits, our celebrity cast will discover that for many, life truly does begin at 70…or 80…or even 90,” said C4′s head of formats Dominic Bird in a statement.
The second greenlit series will see paramedics rushing across the countryside in Trauma Hour (working title).
Set in the backdrop of England’s West Midlands county, a team of paramedics is tasked with serving a population of 5.5 million spread across 5,000 square miles. Each episode of the 10 x 60 series captures one hour of this tense job, using multiple crews to detail the various emergencies that can crop up in the county, and the race to help.
“With a multiple crew and camera approach, we’ll get to see and hear what they’re really feeling and thinking and catch those wonderful unguarded, unproduced moments that reveal so much about who these people really are and what makes them tick,” said Lewis in a statement.