Channel 4 has commissioned a second series of Rescue: Extreme Medics from Glasgow based Indie Firecrest Films along with single film, The Welsh Village that Won the Lottery (wt).
Rescue: Extreme Medics (4 x 60) tells the stories of those unfortunate enough to need extreme, life-saving medical care when they’re struck low in Scotland’s wild and inhospitable landscapes. And it follows the work of the clinicians, expert call handlers and specialist life savers who respond to these emergencies.
With multiple access-points across Scotland, the series shows the minute-by-minute decisions that are made as medics and paramedics battle to save lives. Where possible the series will follow from the initial 999 call through to the moment the patient leaves the hospital to return to their life at home.
Rescue: Extreme Medics was commissioned by Will Rowson and Madonna Benjamin from Channel 4 Documentaries. Executive producers for Firecrest Films are Mick McAvoy and Iain Scollay.
Firecrest creative director Iain Scollay said, “It’s one thing if you have a medical emergency when you’re minutes from an inner city emergency room, but when you set these stories against Scotland’s epic Highland landscape it feels like a genuinely fresh take.”
Will Rowson, commissioning editor said: “Firecrest has forged a very strong relationship with the extraordinary Scottish Trauma Network and the result is a blue-light medical show like no other. It’s a distinctive, dramatic offering capturing stories from right across the nation”
The Welsh Village that Won the Lottery (w/t) was commissioned by Deborah Dunnett and Jane Handa from Channel 4 Daytime and Features. It is a co-production between Firecrest Films and Specky Productions, led by Anne-Claire Pilley. The single film is set in Rhymney, South Wales, where more than 400 people shared a multi-million pound lottery win in May. The film follows on from Firecrest and Specky’s single The Scottish Island That Won The Lottery which transmitted on Channel 4 in June 2021.
Deborah Dunnett, commissioning editor said, “What I love about these lottery wins is that they take us to places we don’t often see portrayed on UK-wide TV. But the themes are universal – love, money, community and hope.”
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