British commercial broadcaster UKTV has commissioned a series that will follow the medical emergency teams at a busy ski resort in the French Alps for its premium entertainment channel W.
Produced by North One Television, the 10 x 60-minute Ski A&E will provide behind-the-scenes access to the accident and emergency teams that undertake lifesaving rescues on the slopes of Val Thorens in Saint-Martin-de-Belleville, France, as well as the daily drama in the medical centers and local hospitals.
The European ski resort receives more than 400,000 visitors annually and experiences a range of emergency medical scenarios and challenges daily, from life and death situations and serious accidents, to altitude sickness, stomach bugs and fevers.
Ski A&E will premiere on UKTV’s W in late 2019.
North One’s John Quinn and Sean Doherty serve as executive producers on Ski A&E. It was commissioned for UKTV by Helen Nightingale, senior commissioning editor, and ordered by Richard Watsham, director of commissioning, and Steve North, genre GM for comedy and entertainment.
“With cameras following every dramatic step, from the rescue on the slopes, the helicopter evacuations and transporting the patients to the surgeons in the medical centers, it really is extraordinary access,” Nightingale said in a statement.
Added North One’s Quinn: “As well as the many medical stories, the whole behind the scenes operation in Val Thorens is fascinating. Many visitors take their skiing for granted but it takes a huge, well-oiled machine to ensure everything’s running smoothly each day. We aim to capture a real sense of that vibrant, 24-hour resort – in addition to the human dramas unfolding within it – by following the ski patrols, medics and holidaymakers, along with other great local characters and some of the many British resort workers.”