W is further expanding their Inside The… franchise. The UKTV owned and operated channel has given the green-light to Inside The Operating Theatre, which has received an order for twenty episodes. The series is expected to air in 2019.
Inside The Operating Theatre follows the busy day surgery unit at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, and their 4 busy operating theatres, staffed by a dedicated and highly-skilled team of 75 individuals. They carry out a huge variety of operations and procedures, from cardiology through to plastic surgery.
Seeing more than 70% of operations going through its doors, the day surgery is at the heart and soul of the NHS, enabling patients to be in and out in one day. The series, produced by Brown Bob Productions, was commissioned by UKTV’s Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Factual and Factual Entertainment Hilary Rosen and ordered by UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and Genre General Manager for Comedy and Entertainment Steve North. The executive producer is Audrey Neil.
The franchise got started with Inside The Ambulance – which was recently renewed through season five – and was first expanded with Inside The Vets. The latter series, which aired on w earlier this year, follows the daily challenges veterinary surgeon and exotic animal specialist Clive Munns and his dedicated team face as they treat domestic pets, exotic species, and even rescued wildlife.
“Brown Bob’s latest addition to the ‘Inside the…’ franchise is their most ambitious rig to date, and I can’t wait to see how the stories from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital’s operating theatres unfold”, Hilary Rosen said in a statrement. “Once again, they will deliver a strong cast of returning characters working at the hospital, alongside the powerful and intimate stories told by the patients who comes through the doors.”
“We’re thrilled to be extending the ‘Inside the…’ brand even further and exploring the inner workings of a surgery”, commented Adam Collings, Channel Director for W. “Inside the Ambulance continues to delight our viewers, so it’s great that we’re able to broaden the perspective to another group of highly skilled professionals.”
While Jacqueline Hewer, Creative Director of Brown Bob Productions, added: “Day surgery is the future of the NHS, and this series is designed to showcase the incredible level of treatment that can be done in units like this. We’re delighted to be extending our ‘Inside the…’ brand, and promise to deliver our trademark mix of drama, warmth and wit.”