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BBC documentary series looking for paramedics who have been attacked or injured

Posted: 10.07.2018

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Reef Television has been commissioned by the BBC to make a 10-part documentary series telling the true stories of just a few of the thousands of police officers, paramedics and firefighters, who are attacked and injured in the line of duty in the UK each year.

The series will celebrate the remarkable bravery and dedication of those determined to do their duty and get back on the job, but also show the very real dangers our emergency services face every day. It will also show what happens to the criminals who attack them.

Timeline

  • We are looking for stories and contributors from across the UK emergency services from now until mid-October 2018.
  • Filming starts w/c 23rd July and will last for 14 weeks.
  • The series will be delivered to the BBC in December 2018.
  • The series will go on air in Spring 2019. 

The Process

We will always start with an initial chat - probably over the phone, but we can also do this face-to-face if that is preferred. From there, if you are happy to proceed, the next step would be an interview on camera. With permission, we might also approach your colleagues, senior manager and family members. In the first instance however – we will only ask to talk to you - the person involved. As our key interviewees, this will give you time to get to grips with the programme you are being asked to take part in and fully consider whether it is right for you.  

We want to understand the realities of being a paramedic and therefore hear what you have been through - in your own words. We’ve already filmed with several emergency service personnel who’ve been through disturbing and traumatic incidents. We understand that, for many, taking part in these interviews can be difficult as well as rewarding. We are an experienced team of programme makers and we will always treat you with the utmost care, respect and patience.  

To really bring our stories to life, we’d like to use bodycam, dashcam, helicam, radio comms, CCTV and/or user-generated content. Using this impactful archive, alongside poignant testimony, is key to both series. It would be hugely helpful if, later down the line, you could work with us to secure this sort of footage. Once again, we are aware of the sensitivities and compliance issues around transmitting this kind of archive.  

With your permission, we would also be interested in portraying elements of rehabilitation and recovery for contributors who have required medical treatment.

Finally, we would like to show, wherever possible, the punishment that has been meted out to the offender as a result of their attack.

At least three stories will feature in each episode. 

Contact Information

If you are interested in participating in the programme or have a colleague who may be willing to discuss their experiences, please contact the Casting Assistant Producer, Susie Wright – susie.wright@terntv.com

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