Trauma Doctors Save Lives with Channel 5
Channel 5 can today announce an exciting new medical observational documentary series set in one of the UK’s leading trauma centres, The Royal London Hospital in the capital’s East End and with the pioneering roadside trauma specialists London's Air Ambulance who are based on the roof of the hospital. Here we’ll meet the Trauma Doctors – an elite group of specialist medics – and follow them through the daily stories of life and death as they work to save thousands of patients with life threatening injuries each year.
Conducting on-the-spot investigations, these trauma specialists use any clue they can get to unravel the mystery of their patient. We’ll witness the dramatic detective process unfold as the team make critical, split-second decisions to save lives.
Heading up the team is Dr Gareth Davies, one of the UK’s leading trauma specialists and medical director for London’s Air Ambulance. From helping patients in road traffic accidents to working on the aftermath of the 7/7 London Bombings, he and his team work at speed to solve the medical mysteries right in front of them.
This detective way of thinking is at the heart of this dramatic, life-or-death documentary series that uses stunning and stylised graphics to help viewers visualise the processes involved and gain an extra level of understanding.
Andrew O’Connell, Head of Factual, News and Current Affairs at Channel 5 says: “This series gives viewers an insight into the incredible work that our medical specialists do to save lives every single day. We have unrivalled access and are with the Trauma Doctors and patients every step of the way from the roadside to the Emergency Department.”
Camilla Lewis, MD, Cineflix Productions UK adds: “Channel 5 have been brave enough to ignore the trend for fixed rig, static observation, and commission a 360 degree series that will allow viewers to really get inside the minds of some of the UK’s finest frontline trauma consultants. We see how the medics piece together what has happened in an accident, identify the patient’s condition and work out how to treat it, all in the crucial seconds when their decisions can save lives. We are extremely excited about the potential to 'hear' action from key practitioners in this way. It's a technique we are developing in other genres."
Trauma Doctors will be made up of 4 x 60 minute episodes and the series is due to air in April. The series is being distributed internationally by Cineflix Rights.
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ABOUT CHANNEL 5:
The channel launched as Britain's fifth and final terrestrial broadcaster in March 1997. In July 2010, the network was sold to British media powerhouse Northern & Shell and it currently attracts well over 40 million viewers a month. We were the only terrestrial commercial family of channels and only terrestrial commercial channel to have grown year on year in 2012.
Channel 5 is the destination for must see entertainment, sport, documentary, kids, drama, film and news output. Pivotal channel programming includes a diverse mix to attract viewers of all ages, including the Extraordinary People and Revealed strands, The Hotel Inspector, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wedding Planner, My Secret Past, Big Body Squad, Benidorm ER, Killers Behind Bars, Home & Away, Neighbours, 5 News as well as the award winning children's strand, Milkshake! Channel 5 is the terrestrial home of all England Cricket summer Internationals. Channel 5’s successful drama franchises include CSI, The Mentalist, Justified, Sons of Anarchy and Once Upon A Time.
ABOUT CINEFLIX PRODUCTIONS:
Cineflix Productions is a leading producer of more than 400 hours per year of non-scripted programming for international broadcasters—including factual, factual entertainment, reality, documentary, formats, and kids. With production spread across offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Toronto, and Montreal, Cineflix Productions prides itself on its ability to attract and retain an exceptionally talented international production staff and top on-screen personalities.