Australia’s Network Ten has ordered the fly-on-the-wall format Ambulance Australia from Endemol Shine Group.
The docuseries will provide an in-depth look at New South Wales Ambulance frontline workers, offering viewers a glimpse into the everyday demands placed on call takers, dispatchers and road paramedics making life-or-death decisions. Endemol Shine Australia will produce the localized adaptation for Network Ten.
Ambulance Australia will follow the format laid out in the BAFTA-winning UK series Ambulance, created by Dragonfly, part of Endemol Shine UK. The UK series has also been commissioned for third and fourth installments at BBC1.
“We are delighted to bring the Ambulance format to Network Ten. The engaging and emotional human drama has made this show a huge hit in the UK and we are sure Australian audiences will find the amazing work of the NSW Ambulance service equally compelling,” Network Ten chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said in a statement.
“Through a combination of groundbreaking production techniques and inspired storytelling, Ambulance Australia reveals the incredible synchronicity between paramedics in the field and call takers and dispatchers in the emergency control center as they face a diversity of challenges on any given shift that is nothing short of staggering. Their compassion and selflessness is breathtaking,” added Endemol Shine Australia CEO Mark Fennessy.
Ambulance Australia was commissioned by Dominic Morgan.
“The series is an amazing opportunity to showcase the critical work of paramedics within the community,” he said. “To be a paramedic is a very unique job, it’s tough and equally as rewarding depending on the day. This series is about honesty and transparency and the reality of what our very extraordinary workforce does every day.”
Ambulance Australia is currently in production in Sydney and will air on Network Ten and Aussie broadcaster WIN later this year.