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UKTV's Really orders 30 episodes of Helicopter ER

UKTV's Really orders 30 episodes of Helicopter ER
Staff Reporter
27 May 2016

UKTV has greenlit two series of Helicopter ER for its real life channel, Really. The 30x60' commission is one of the largest by the channel to date.

The series, commissioned from Air Television, 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.

The series will be made by many of the team who created Helicopter Heroes, which has repeated on Really.  The new show will also be moved to a peak slot with a grittier editorial edge to reflect its new home.

Ian Cundall, Executive Producer, Air Television said: “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.”

Air Television was founded by former BBC staffers Cundall and series producer Andy Joynson. This is the new company’s second major commission – it recently delivered 15 episodes of Emergency Rescue Down Under to BBC One, following the work of Australian flying doctors.

The series is currently in production and will transmit at the end of the year and into 2017. It is commissioned by Deputy Director of Commissioning Hilary Rosen and produced for UKTV by Tanya Qureshi.

Rosen: “As UKTV continues to invest in creating new and exclusive content, I’m thrilled to announce our first ever original series for Really. The original Helicopter Heroes is a hugely popular show. We are building on the brand to bring a compelling combination of human stories and real-life heroism, set against the arresting Yorkshire Landscape.”

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