British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned London-based prodco Blast! Films to produce a four-part social experiment series set to recruit young volunteers to work in a hospital.
The Great NHS Experiment (w/t) will follow a group of 18-23 year olds as they volunteer at the Royal Derby Hospital, a teaching hospital in the city of Derby, England. Participants will work across various wards – from maternity to the emergency room, and pediatric to elderly care – while taking on some of the toughest jobs to make a significant impact.
The 4 x 60-minute series will follow the volunteers as they assist NHS doctors, nurses, porters, domestic staff, midwives, registrars and healthcare assistants in their daily routines while providing patient care across all departments. After two weeks of training, the group will perform real tasks, including assisting the crash team in the ER, holding a cancer patient’s hand in their last moments of life, and bed-bathing dementia patients.
In addition to working together, the young volunteers will also be living together, allowing cameras to capture their thoughts, anxieties and revelations after the working day is done.
Edmund Coulthard and Sarah Spencer serve as executive producers, with Rachael Barnes series producing. The series was commissioned by BBC2 controller Patrick Holland and David Brindley, head of popular factual and factual entertainment. Catherine Catton is commissioning editor.
The Great NHS Experiment is expected to broadcast next year across BBC2, and the series is currently in search of volunteers from across the UK.