Ten greenlights ‘Ambulance Australia’
Network Ten has commissioned an Australian version of the popular fly-on-the-wall UK series Ambulance.
Endemol Shine Australia [ESA] is producing Ambulance Australia, which will take an unprecedented look at the call takers, dispatchers and on road paramedics who work for NSW Ambulance.
Tony De La Pina is the executive producer of the eight-part observational documentary which Endemol Shine International will handle outside Australia. The UK series screens on BBC1, produced by the Endemol Shine-owned Dragonfly.
Chief content officer Beverley McGarvey said: “The engaging and emotional human drama has made this show a huge hit in the UK and we are sure Australian audiences will find the amazing work of the NSW Ambulance service equally compelling.”
ESA CEO Mark Fennessy added: “Through a combination of ground-breaking production techniques and inspired storytelling, Ambulance Australia reveals the incredible synchronicity between paramedics in the field and call takers and dispatchers in the emergency control centre as they face a diversity of challenges on any given shift that is nothing short of staggering. Their compassion and selflessness is breathtaking.”
NSW Ambulance Commissioner Dominic Morgan said: “The series is an amazing opportunity to showcase the critical work of paramedics within the community. To be a paramedic is a unique job, it’s tough and equally as rewarding depending on the day. This series is about honesty and transparency and the reality of what our very extraordinary workforce does every day.”