Where would Seven be without its slew of observational series?
Today it announce the renewal of its medico series, Medical Emergency.
Narrated by actor Christopher Gabardi, the show will again return to the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne for the fifth series. A production crew will spend seven months with hospital staff to create the next season, beginning later this month.
“We’re very excited to be embarking on our fifth series of Medical Emergency,” said producer Maxine Gray. “It’s a great feeling to be able to present a show that combines extraordinary medical achievements, heroic acts and simple gestures of compassion and kindness. It’s a show about human beings helping other human beings. It’s uplifting and it’s real.”
The show’s first narrator, Georgie Parker, was replaced by Gabardi from 2006.
Channel Seven will again go behind the scenes in the trauma centre of one of Australia’s largest hospitals to produce another series of the successful factual drama MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
A fifth series of Channel Seven’s MEDICAL EMERGENCY is now in pre-production, with filming to commence in late September.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY captures the real-life drama and extraordinary pressure faced by staff and patients of the Emergency Department and Trauma Centre at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital.
MEDICAL EMERGENCY’s ‘access all areas’ coverage extends to the life and death situations faced by Ambulance Victoria’s road and air paramedics.
Narrated by former All Saints actor Chris Gabardi, MEDICAL EMERGENCY is an emotionally-charged programme and a proven ratings success. It was the number one medical show on television last year and has continued to dominate in 2008, consistently attracting an average of over 1.2 million viewers.
Series Producer of MEDICAL EMERGENCY Maxine Gray is thrilled about the opportunity to continue to showcase the incredible true stories as seen each week on the series.
“We’re very excited to be embarking on our fifth series of Medical Emergency. It’s a great feeling to be able to present a show that combines extraordinary medical achievements, heroic acts and simple gestures of compassion and kindness. It’s a show about human beings helping other human beings. It’s uplifting and it’s real.
“The medical staff at The Alfred Hospital in Melbourne and Ambulance Victoria air and road paramedics are literally heroes to our patients – and they’re our heroes as well. It’s an absolute privilege to showcase their work for our audience,” says Maxine.
Executive Director of Acute Operations at The Alfred Andrew Stripp is also pleased to be participating in another series of MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
“The trust that The Alfred has developed with Channel Seven has been groundbreaking and we think it is the secret of the show’s success. We’re thrilled that Medical Emergency is enjoyed by so many people and most grateful to those generous patients and families who allow us to share some of their most stressful moments.
“We believe that by opening our doors, we demonstrate that behind every statistic there is a person with a family and that taking steps to prevent illness and injury is worthwhile.”
A Channel Seven production team will spend the next seven months working closely with staff to ensure that patient care and privacy remain the highest priority throughout the duration of this project.
The current series of MEDICAL EMERGENCY screens on Wednesdays at 8pm on Channel Seven.