22nd August 2022
UKTV's factual entertainment channel W has commissioned a brand new UKTV original series, Emergency: First Time Medics (10X60'), an insightful and honest look at the drama of A&E through the perspective of junior doctors. Produced by Brown Bob Productions, Emergency: First Time Medics follows newly qualified doctors getting their first taste of emergency medicine, with filming taking place from the start of August until mid-September.
Based at The Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading, the series will focus on newly qualified doctors, known as Senior House Officers (SHOs), as they are thrown into the deep end at the start of their year-long placement on the NHS frontline. Each episode will follow two or three real-time shifts, giving audiences a real insight into the doctors' relationships with their patients, and a deeper understanding of how it feels to be at the sharp end of this incredibly demanding job.
Emergency: First Time Medics is commissioned for UKTV by Emile Nawagamuwa, commissioning executive, with Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning and head of factual and factual entertainment, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. Executive producer for Brown Bob Productions is Rob Dersley. Brown Bob is the production company behind Inside the Ambulance, the longest-running and hugely popular UKTV Original series on W, as well as Secrets of the London Underground, The Architecture the Railways Built, Inside the Operating Theatre and Inside the Vets.
W's channel director, Adam Collings, said,
We are delighted to bring Emergency: First Time Medics to W viewers as the series really encapsulates the values that matter to them most. The series will provide an authentic and unfiltered look at the everyday heroes working in one of the most challenging parts of the NHS with a warmth and humour that W viewers now know to expect from our original content.
Emile Nawagamuwa, UKTV commissioning executive, said,
It is a real privilege to be able to share the experiences of this team of junior doctors as they start their journey in the Emergency Department. As patients we often take their skills for granted but it's incredibly important to show how challenging it is to become experts in their field. The Brown Bob team will bring heart and soul to this series and give viewers the chance to meet some of the extraordinary young people who have taken on the responsibility of dealing with the nation's emergencies every day.
Jacqueline Hewer, CEO, Brown Bob Productions said,
A&E is one of the most challenging environments in the NHS, and this is the perfect opportunity to show the reality faced by a new generation of doctors. We're delighted to be working with UKTV once again and can't wait to bring this show to W viewers.
Emergency: First Time Medics will air on UKTV's free-to-air channel W joining a slate of new original programming recently announced including Wedding Valley, Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over USA, The Beauty Rewind Clinic and Emma Willis: Delivering Babies. Emergency: First Time Medics will also be available on UKTV Play.
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About Brown Bob
Brown Bob is an independent television production company owned and run by experienced producers Nicki Gottlieb and Jacqueline Hewer since 2014. Brown Bob specialises in high volume, high-rating factual series. The company has a particular expertise in designing bespoke rigs in order to film people and places in a new and different way. Brown Bob has produced a number of different series for UKTV under the Inside The... brand, including Inside the Ambulance, The Architecture the Railways Built and The Secrets of the London Underground.