The RTS award-winning – and 2019 BAFTA nominated – documentary series returns for an 18th series on Channel 4 at 9pm on Tuesday 7 May.

The hospital has one of the busiest A&E departments in Britain – under more pressure than ever. It’s a place where stories of life, love and loss unfold every day.

The first episode of the 18th series – From this day forward – features three patients: David, John and Minnie as they arrive and are treated in our emergency department within one 24 hour period.

It’s Royal Wedding Day during this episode and excitement mounts across the emergency department. As Prince Harry and Meghan tie the knot, the patients and their relatives in this episode reflect on the meaning of lifelong love, devotion and commitment.

74 year old David is flown to St George’s by air ambulance after falling from the height of a first storey window. Medics suspect internal bleeding and he is rushed straight to CT to assess the damage. His wife Lynda makes her way to the hospital as doctors battle to prevent catastrophic blood loss and keep him alive.

92 year old John arrives with wife Maggie after falling down several steps at home.  He is disorientated with a head wound so is taken for an urgent CT scan to uncover any injury to his brain. The medical team are alarmed to uncover an unexpected results from the CT scan, forcing a difficult conversation about John’s future. By his side, wife of 60 years Maggie, describes how John wooed her with a “black and tan and rum chaser” leading to an idyllic family life, until his health took a turn for the worse.

98 year old Londoner Minnie is in resus after experiencing severe pain and numbness in her leg. As the vascular team investigate a possible blood clot, Minnie’s daughter Chris describes the extraordinary dedication and selflessness her Mum has shown throughout her life.

Support 24 Hours in A&E during their BAFTA nomination within the Factual Series category of this year’s awards ceremony on Sunday 12 May. You can tune in to BBC One from 8pm to watch it live. Read more: 

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