Jun 12 , 2020

Producing TV during Covid: Filming Paramedic: Emergency during lockdown.

  • When: 12 Jun 2020, 11:30-12:45
  • Organised by: ScreenSkills
  • Location: Online
  • Price: Free
  • Age: 18+

Dragonfly Film & TV has made a fast-turnaround observational documentary series, Pandemic: Emergency (w/t). Filmed across three weeks, this three-part documentary series captures how West Midlands Ambulance Service is dealing with the unprecedented challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cameras will capture the day to day realities of the NHS as they manage the global pandemic on the frontline. Edited and broadcast within weeks of filming, the fast turnaround episodes will bring audiences up close to the realities of managing one of the biggest and busiest ambulance service trusts in the country. With exceptional access, the series will show the daily decisions being made in the NHS and witness what it’s like to provide urgent medical care to the West Midlands.

This series will show the ambulance service dealing with over four thousand 999 calls a day, which is a fifteen percent increase and up to eight thousand 111 calls a day which more than double the number of calls normally. With a rapidly building call volume we show what it takes to keep the ambulance service running during this once in a generation crisis

This session is part of our Producing TV during Covid strand. Do check out our other sessions this week Mimi on a Mission – Lockdown Party,  Filming This Morning during lockdownBBC’s Big Night In and Electric Robin - at the forefront of technology.


Peter Wallis-Tayler is the series editor for this new series. His previous credits include BBC1's Ambulance, Channel 4's 24 hours in Police Custody and BBC2's Hospital.

Executive producer Tom Currie is a BAFTA-nominated and Grierson award-winning programme maker who has worked on a variety of highly acclaimed series including Hospital series 1&2 (BBC Two), The Real Marigold Hotel (BBC Two), Rookies (ITV1), An Hour To Save Your Life (BBC Two) and Life Is Toff (BBC Three).

Executive producer Ros Ponder has worked on numerous documentaries and award-winning formatted series including Faking It (Channel 4), Shipwrecked (Channel 4), Holiday Showdown (ITV), Rock School (Channel 4) and Secret Millionaire (Channel 4). Prior to joining Dragonfly she was at Studio Lambert for seven years, where she was responsible for a wide range of titles including Undercover Boss (Channel 4), How To Get A Council House (Channel 4) and Big Life Fix (BBC Two).

Line Producer James Mudie has 13 years experience working in production where he has worked across many genres including factual, fact ent, current affairs, and digital. He is used to managing large teams and setting up complex shoots around the world including in hostile environments.

This session will be chaired by executive producer Simon Ford.

This event is supported by the ScreenSkills Television Skills Fund which invests in training for the freelance television workforce thanks to contributions from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5.

It is part of a ScreenSkills programme managed by the Indie Training Fund to support freelancers to upskill and stay connected, helping keep the industry resilient in these difficult times.

This session will take place online via Zoom. Click ‘get ticket’ to reserve your place: you must login or register before you are able to get a ticket for this event. A booking confirmation with a joining link to the session will be sent to you via email.

If you are no longer able to use your ticket, we ask you to please contact support@screenskills.com so that we can release your place. Our sessions are often oversubscribed, so we’d like to give other freelancers the opportunity to fill available spots. Thank you for your consideration.