Tuesday 3rd April 2018
Emma Willis is to front brand-new documentary series, Emma Willis: Delivering Babies (6x60') for W, UKTV's premium entertainment channel.
The UKTV Original, made by Firecracker Films, follows Emma as she trains for three months on a busy maternity ward as a Maternity Care Assistant. She'll be working four shifts a week: day and night; alongside the nursing staff, where she'll discover first-hand what makes it one of the toughest, but most rewarding careers you can have.
A key member of the midwifery team, alongside the other new recruits, Emma will be there for every intimate moment. As a trainee MCA, she'll be responsible for admitting prospective parents into the ward, taking blood pressure and assisting in theatre and the birthing suits.
Nursing holds a special place in Emma's heart, as her mum used to work in a hospital for almost 40 years, making this a truly personal experience for her. Gaining a first-hand experience of what midwives working in the NHS currently face, Emma will see how different her life might have been had she followed in her Mum's footsteps.
Emma Willis said:
If I wasn't doing my current job I know for a fact that I would have loved to work in a hospital. Blood, guts and the workings of the human body have always fascinated me. Both my parents worked in hospitals and so it's literally in my blood. I can't wait to dive right in and fully immerse myself in a busy maternity ward alongside the truly incredible midwives and nurses who work there day in day out.
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies is produced by Firecracker Films, commissioned for UKTV by Helen Nightingale, commissioning editor and ordered by Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning and Steve North, genre general manager, comedy and entertainment.
Helen Nightingale said:
It's great to be working with Firecracker Films again. We are thrilled to be able to highlight the fantastic work undertaken by some of Britain's hardest working midwives and to be working with Emma on what is absolutely a passion project for her.
Adam Collings, channel director for W, said:
W is always looking for surprising and innovative ideas and are delighted Emma will embark on this unique journey with us. I'm thrilled viewers will get to celebrate one of life's most precious moments, first-hand alongside the parents and healthcare professionals and as seen from Emma's perspective.
The series is co-exec produced for Firecracker by creative director, Emma Morgan and Sam Emmery and series produced by Laura Capaldi.
Emma Morgan said:
We are delighted to be working with Emma Willis on this genuine passion project - brining her own unique take to a subject very close to her heart.
Emma Willis: Delivering Babies joins other ambitious programming for W in the first half of 2018, including Celebrity Haunted Mansion, Rylan Clark-Neal's The Wave, the continuing success of the 'Inside The...' strand with Inside The Ambulance and the upcoming Inside The Vets, plus an imminent fourth series of one of the finest and most in depth chat shows on TV, John Bishop: In Conversation With...
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