First episode of the 17th series of 24 Hours in A&E: Acts of Love…
The RTS award-winning documentary series returns for a 17th series following patients treated in the same 24-hour period at St George’s.
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.
In this life-affirming episode – Acts of Love – we meet patients who do extraordinary things for the people they love, under the most complex and difficult circumstances.
69-year-old David is rushed to St George’s with severe leg pain and a pale foot, accompanied by his wife Christine. Doctors suspect a blood clot and vascular specialists are called to assess him for surgery to save his leg.
90-year-old Annie has been brought to St George’s after struggling to breathe at home. Her daughter Francesca and granddaughter Tamara wait by her side in resus, as doctors battle to uncover the cause of shadowing on her lungs.
As always, the series heavily features the hard work of our staff – not only those purely based in the emergency department but from other areas of the Trust who treat patients who come to St George’s via the emergency department.
Each episode takes seven weeks to create, after six weeks of pre-production and eight weeks filming – using 110 fixed rig cameras and 76 microphones – with the support of 124 people within the production team and involvement from several teams at St George’s.
With between 2 and 2.5 million viewers on average per episode and a growing international audience, 24 Hours in A&E remains one of most popular TV shows in the UK – and the longest running documentary series.
Thank you to everyone who supports the series – and don’t forget to tune in tonight at 9pm on Channel 4!
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