Sky 1, ITV order “Air Ambulance,” “Roman Britain”

UK indie Tern TV is set to produce ob-doc series Air Ambulance ER (pictured) for Sky 1, and one-hour special Roman Britain from the Air for ITV.
September 25, 2014

UK indie Tern TV is set to produce ob-doc series Air Ambulance ER (pictured) for Sky 1, and a one-hour special called Roman Britain from the Air for ITV.

The 6 x 60-minute series Air Ambulance ER – a coproduction between Tern TV, GroupM Entertainment and Sky 1 - will follow British doctor-led helicopter emergency teams from the moment they receive a call until they are on the ground, treating patients in tricky locations.

“This is blue-chip, blue-light TV,” said Harry Bell, creative director and executive producer at Tern TV, in a statement. “By following full-time doctors for the first time, it is like bringing [the Accident and Emergency department] to the accident. We’ve secured incredible access to remarkable characters, pioneering surgery and life-changing stories.”

Endemol will distribute the series internationally.

Meanwhile, Tern TV will take to the skies once again for a one-hour special entitled Roman Britain from the Air, which it is producing for ITV.

The special follows Irish TV personality Christine Bleakley and historian Dr. Michael Scott as they travel in helicopter across Britain, revealing the legacy and influence of the Romans on British life.

“We’re setting out to show how the Romans left their stamp on Britain and tell the stories of how they lived to open our eyes to how that imprint and their civilization still has a profound influence on Britain today,” said Katy Thorogood, commissioning editor of factual for ITV, in a statement.

Roman Britain from the Air was commissioned by Thorogood and Richard Klein, director of factual at ITV. The series is produced and directed by Michael Waterhouse and exec produced by Bell and Brendan Hughes for Tern TV.

Meanwhile, Air Ambulance ER was commissioned by Celia Taylor, head of factual and entertainment for Sky Channels. It is produced by Louise Say, directed by Matt Dolan and Dave Richardson and exec produced by Harry Bell for Tern TV and Melanie Darlaston for GroupM Entertainment.


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