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.

This episode features patients who overcome hardship in life by drawing strength and solace from the people they love.

75 year old Leslie fell out of bed after attending a party with his wife. Medics suspect a stroke and doctors in resus have a short window of time to administer a life-saving, clot-busting drug. Leslie’s wife Grace waits anxiously by his side as she describes the story of their idyllic childhood and secret courtship in Sri Lanka, living under a privileged but restrictive society.

Mother of two Hannah is blue-lighted to St George’s after falling from her horse. Her husband Matt is the first responder attending the scene and fears the worst. Hannah is taken for urgent CT scans to assess the damage to her spine as Matt explains the story of their chance meeting and his determination to win the girl of his dreams against the odds.

In paediatrics, 6 year old Isabella has a potential neck injury after falling 10 feet in the playground. Her mum Emma accompanies her to X-ray and describes the constant worry and paranoia of being a parent to young children. Particularly, she reveals, since she has witnessed more suffering than the average person.

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