The RTS award-winning – and 2019 BAFTA nominated – documentary series is back with its 18th series on Channel 4.

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, we meet 16 year old George as he is rushed to St George’s with a bleed on the brain. As doctors take emergency CT scans of his brain to assess the severity of the bleed, we hear from George’s dad Tim about his early life and how they bonded through George’s passion for football and love of the great outdoors.

Soon after, the results of the CT scans reveal a dramatic turn for the worst; George is told by surgeons that he has a life threatening bleed on the brain so severe that he should be in a coma and will require emergency brain surgery. As his dad, brother and step-mum comfort and support him at his bedside and we hear how this blended family came together.

In the urgent care centre, Bridget is in A&E with her dad, after suffering painful and swollen tonsils. As Emergency Nurse Practitioner Ali inspects her throat, we hear about Bridget’s dad’s extraordinary upbringing in Nigeria and the sacrifices he was prepared to make to offer his children opportunities he never had.

In paediatrics, 10 year old Kezia has an injured wrist after performing a back bend in gymnastics. As she is sent for X rays, her father Joe speaks about the parenting lessons he took from his own adventurous father.

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