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.

During this episode – The survivors – we see the stories of three patients during one 24 hour period.

64 year old Ranjan is transferred to St George’s having collided with a tree after losing control of her car. Her daughter Jaishree happened to be driving home past the scene of the accident and witnessed her mum being cut from her vehicle at the side of the road.

The medical team quickly establish that Ranjan has a badly broken ankle that must be quickly re-aligned in order to give her the best chance of walking normally again. Jaishree joins her at St George’s and as Ranjan’s treatment continues we hear of the remarkable strength of a woman who raised children and ran a business single handedly, only to then face the hardest challenge to the family yet.

20 year old Callum comes into resus having mysteriously collapsed outside his parents’ bedroom. Doctors are initially concerned he may have a life threatening head injury before turning their attention to the cause of his collapse. Things take a turn for the worse when Callum begins to have alarming periods of absence in the bay. As the medical team consult neuro specialists, Callum’s mum and dad recount the story of his birth and the unconventional roles they adopted as they settled into family life.

In paediatric A&E, 4 year old Scarlett is brought to St George’s by her mum Clair after falling and hurting her leg on an escalator. As Scarlett is sent for X rays, Clair talks of her life in the City struggling for equal pay with her male colleagues and her desire for her daughter to grow up with a similar strength of conviction.

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