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C5 commissions “The Frontline: Doctors of War”

Feature-length documentary The Frontline: Doctors of War (working title), from ITN Productions, will air on the UK’s Channel 5 later in the year. The 90-minute documentary was filmed in South Sudan ahead of ...
July 9, 2020

Feature-length documentary The Frontline: Doctors of War (working title), from ITN Productions, will air on the UK’s Channel 5 later in the year.

The 90-minute documentary was filmed in South Sudan ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown, when a fragile peace was declared.

The film follows former NHS surgeon John Buckels and his anesthetist as they work with other global healthcare professionals in a Médecins Sans Frontières hospital facility. Over a two week span, stories of war-induced injuries and the work of the medics are filmed inside one of the largest refugee camps.

“This documentary offers a unique, graphic and heart-wrenching record of emergency medicine and surgery in a conflict zone,” said Guy Davies, C5′s commissioning editor, factual, in a statement. “The team at ITNP has managed to capture the extraordinary experiences of UK medics working in South Sudan in a way that viewers will find they cannot ignore.”

The Frontline: Doctors of War has been commissioned by Davies for Channel 5. ITN Productions’ Ian Rumsey and Nathaniel Lippiett are executive producers, and Lippiett also directs.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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