UKTV’s Really to follow the Yorkshire Air Ambulance in new series

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Helicopter ER flies onto UKTV’s real life channel, Really. The commission is a build on the successful Helicopter Heroes brand, however the new show will air in a peak slot for primetime audiences.

“We are thrilled that Air Television is making this series for Really. Helicopter Heroes is a tremendously popular show with its unmissable combination of heart-warming human stories and real-life heroism in one of the UK’s most-loved landscapes. We are shifting it editorially to sit in the shoulder peak schedule while retaining the characters and stories that people love.” – Emma Ayech, General Manager, Really

The thirty episodes will follow the flying doctors and paramedics of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, who cover thousands of square miles of rugged landscapes, dramatic dales and bleak moors. Using British television’s only full-time team of qualified medical helicopter aircrew, Really will put viewers in the cockpit with some of the NHS’s toughest medics.

The series will be made by many of the team who created Helicopter Heroes, which has successfully repeated on Really. This commission of thirty episodes is one of the largest by the channel to date. The new show will also be moved to a peak slot with a grittier editorial edge to reflect its new home.

Every day the helimed team must use courage, speed and ingenuity, making life of death decisions to keep their patients alive long enough to reach the hospital for the care they desperately need. They fight to save a variety of cases; stricken hill farmers, badly injured bikers, downed hang-glider pilots and tourists who’ve fallen down the fells they’ve come to enjoy.

“We are proud to have worked with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance crews for many years. Our specially trained shoot PDs are able to shadow the medical team on the most complex rescues and to the most exposed locations. The access is extraordinary, the stories heart-warming and sometimes heart-breaking. We are delighted to be continuing to make the series for Really.” – Ian Cundall, Executive Producer, Air Television

Air Television was founded by former BBC staffers Ian Cundall and series producer Andy Joynson. This is the new company’s second major commission – it recently delivered fifteen episodes of Emergency Rescue Down Under to BBC One, following the work of Australian flying doctors.

The series is in currently production and is will transmit at the end of the year and into 2017.

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