Channel 4′s documentary about the goings-on in King’s College Hospital continues with stories focusing on the patients and the staff. This instalment centres around a young girl who fell dangerously at the diving pool, while it also looks at the difficult work of the hospital’s security team.
Channel 4′s documentary series concentrating on the staff of King’s College Hopsital’s A&E Department, continues this week. This moving and tender instalment focuses on three daughters and the love they have for their mother.
When Channel 4 stopped airing Big Brother in 2011 they decided to put their fly-on-the-wall format to better use. Instead of watching nobodies sitting around in a house for three months, we instead got to see professionals going about their daily duties. These shows include Educating Essex, One Born Every Minute and the brilliant 24 Hours in A&E which returns for a second series this week. The programme has been a success for Channel 4 regularly attracting audience of over 2 million. This year’s series is also its biggest yet as we will be spending the next 20 weeks with the staff and patients of King’s College Hospital.
Apologies for no preview last week but I’ve been very busy and as the Olympics are still dominating the schedules we have a rather thin selection of shows however I still have my five picks which I believe will be suitable for those who have no interest in sports.
The Road to Coronation Street (BBC4, Sun, 9pm) First up is a welcome re-showing of this 2010 drama which shows how the nation’s longest running TV soap opera was conceived and how it was bought to life by its legendary three lead actresses. Written by long-time Corrie archivist Daran Little The Road to Coronation Street sees David Dawson play Tony Warren the soap’s creator and writer who struggled to get his show off the ground only succeeding when producer Harry Elton saw that the programme would appeal to the working classes.
The RTS award-winning 24 Hours in A&E returns for a brand new 14-part series, offering a dramatic and revelatory insight into love, life and loss on the frontline of the NHS. Filmed around the clock for six weeks at King’s College Hospital in south London, one of Britain’s busiest A&E departments, each programme focuses on people treated within the same 24-hour period.
The series captures the joy and heartache faced by patients and their families, as well as the hard work and professionalism of the staff. This time there’s even more access to the work done by King’s A&E, with 91 high definition cameras reaching new areas: the CT scanner room, where life and death diagnoses are made, Paediatric A&E, where children are treated, and the newly-expanded Resus room.
After the big Britain’s Got Talent heavy week, which ends with Saturday’s final, this coming week’s TV is a mixture of new drama and documentary.
Starlings (Sky 1, Sun, 8pm) After efforts such as The Cafe, Mount Pleasant and most notably Stella it seems that Sky One is continuing its production of home-grown comedy drama with strong female characters in Starlings which stars Leslie Sharp as the matriarch of a large Derbyshire-based brood. Sharp plays Jan Starling a mother of three who lives with her electrician husband Terry, played by Downton Abbey’s Brendan Coyle, as well as other members of their extended family. The series has been co-written by Phoenix Nights’ Steve Edge and Peep Show’s Matt ‘Super Hans’ King who both star the former as Jan’s nephew while the latter plays Terry’s long-lost brother both of them also staying with the Starling family.