UKTV’s W channel has ordered Ski A&E, a ten episode series following the medical emergency teams at Val Thorens – one of the highest ski resorts in Europe that attracts over 400,000 visitors each year.
Ski A&E has secured unprecedented behind the scenes access to the teams who undertake lifesaving work across the winter season. The series gives a unique insight into the heroic pisteurs who carry out the emergency rescues on the mountains, as well as the daily drama in the medical centres and local hospitals. The dedicated team of rescuers and A&E staff encounter a range of emergency situations and challenges every day.
From the unfolding drama of the 999 call from the black run, through to the race against the clock – and the weather – to rescue and treat the patient, Ski A&E will follow the action every step of the way. And it’s not just emergencies on the slopes. The various teams are on call 24/7 and, like in any bustling holiday resort, face all sorts of medical scenarios from altitude sickness, stomach bugs and fevers, to the occasional, overindulgent après skier. The series is produced by North One Television, with the indie’s John Quinn and Sean Doherty serving as executive producers.
“We’re excited to be working with North One Television on this ambitious new UKTV Original series”, said UKTV’s Senior Commissioning Editor Helen Nightingale, who commissioned the series alongside UKTV’s Director of Commissioning Richard Watsham and UKTV’s Genre General Manager for Comedy and Entertainment Steve North. “With cameras following every dramatic step, from the rescue on the slopes, the helicopter evacuations and transporting the patients to the surgeons in the medical centres, it really is extraordinary access.”
This series order for Ski A&E comes as W is preparing to launch their first original drama Flack tomorrow (Thursday February 21st). The channel also has a slew of other original commissions lined up for later this year including Stacey Dooley Sleeps Over, Inside The Operating Theatre, Dr Christian: Special Clinics, a second season of Emma Willis: Delivering Babies and special Emma Willis: Meet The Babies.