UKTV has greenlit the docudrama series Ski A&E, which follows the emergency medical team at France’s Val Thorens, one of the world’s largest ski resorts.
The 10×1-hour UKTV Original will air on the W channel in late 2019 and will give viewers behind-the-scenes access to the teams that carry out emergency rescues on the mountains, as well as the daily drama at the local hospitals. It is produced by North One Television.
Senior commissioning editor for UKTV, Helen Nightingale, said: “We’re excited to be working with North One Television on this ambitious new UKTV Original series. With cameras following every dramatic step, from the rescue on the slopes, the helicopter evacuations and transporting the patients to the surgeons in the medical centers, it really is extraordinary access.”
“The access secured to the medical emergency teams in Val Thorens is fantastic,” said Adam Collings, channel director for W and Really. “Medical series such as Inside the Ambulance are big favorites with W’s audience, so we can’t wait to see what characters and stories arise in Ski A&E.”
North One’s head of entertainment, John Quinn, added: “As well as the many medical stories, the whole behind-the-scenes operation in Val Thorens is fascinating. Many visitors take their skiing for granted but it takes a huge, well-oiled machine to ensure everything’s running smoothly each day. We aim to capture a real sense of that vibrant, 24-hour resort—in addition to the human dramas unfolding within it—by following the ski patrols, medics and holidaymakers, along with other great local characters and some of the many British resort workers.”