Channel 4 commissions ‘Pandemic: Emergency’ docu series


Channel 4 has commissioned a fast-turnaround observational documentary series, with the working title of PANDEMIC: EMERGENCY.

Pandemic film

The three-part series was filmed across three weeks. It captured how West Midlands Ambulance Service is dealing with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cameras will capture the day-to-day realities of the NHS as they manage the global pandemic.

Edited and broadcast within weeks of filming, the fast turnaround episodes will bring audiences up close to the realities of managing one of the biggest and busiest ambulance service trusts in the country.

The series will show the daily decisions being made in the NHS; and witness what it’s like to provide urgent medical care to the West Midlands at this time.

This series will show the ambulance service dealing with over four thousand 999 calls a day; and up to eight thousand 111 calls a day which more than double the number of calls normally.

The film will show what it takes to keep the ambulance service running during this once in a generation crisis.

West Midlands Ambulance Service

“Allowing Channel 4 access to WMAS will enable us to show the extraordinary lengths that staff in every part of our organisation are going to, to meet the challenge of coronavirus head on”, West Midlands Ambulance Service Chief Executive, Anthony Marsh, said.

“I’m immensely proud of the work my staff are doing to ensure we provide world class care and save lives.”

Richard Bond, Creative Director for Dragonfly Film & TV said: “Our access to West Midlands Ambulance Service will give viewers an insight into how staff operate on the frontline during this unprecedented crisis, showing the absolutely vital role they play in helping to manage the threat across the country.”

Fozia Khan, Commissioning Editor Channel 4 said: “We are very grateful to West Midlands Ambulance Service for giving us this privileged access to document their incredible work. And show our viewers the reality of their jobs at this most challenging of times.”

Dragonfly Film & TV is a part of EndemolShine UK.