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“NHS Rescue Squad” heads to UKTV

UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two series of NHS Rescue Squad (w/t) from York-based Air Television, which will follow the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART). The 20 ...
August 24, 2017

UK commercial broadcaster UKTV has commissioned two series of NHS Rescue Squad (w/t) from York-based Air Television, which will follow the Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

The 20 x 60-minute episodes, to air on UKTV’s Really channel, will have unprecedented access to a team trained to deal with a wide range of challenges in extreme environments, which can run the gamut from burning buildings to water rescues.

Air Television’s team is using drone technology to capture the action at emergency scenes through an agreement with ambulance and fire service officers.

The upcoming series (pictured) will be joined on Really by two more series of Helicopter ER, also produced by Air Television. Both series are in pre-production and will air in 2018.

According to UKTV, the premiere episode of Helicopter ER‘s first series drew an audience of 3.3 million.

“After the success of Helicopter ER we are delighted to be working with Air Television on the unprecedented series, NHS Rescue Squad, as well as a further two series of Helicopter ER,” said Luke Hales, general manager, Really, in a statement. “The Really viewers have come to expect high-octane blue light documentaries from us and I am sure this will raise the bar with non-stop action making for unmissable viewing.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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