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A brand new series is coming to Made TV on Monday 15th May at 7pm! A&E on the Road takes a fly-on-the-wall look at the daily working life of paramedics and doctors, treating patients on the road and in their homes. We caught up with Steve Warr, Raw Cut Television’s Executive Producer of A&E on the Road to find our a bit more about the forthcoming series.

Steve, congratulations on the new series, A&E on the Road. Can you tell us what viewers can expect from the series?

The series is a roller coaster ride covering everything our paramedics face every day. All of life is in there as a huge range of people dial 999 for help. There are young children with fevers, adults with heart conditions and workers collapsing from stress – all united by the fact they need medical aid.

The series is a close-up view of what the paramedics do and we’ve tried to let the crews and their patients speak for themselves rather than have an overly lengthy explanation in the voice over.

I think what shines through in the huge variety of cases we show is the way that the West Midlands staff treat everyone with respect, compassion and professionalism. They get on with the task in hand be it a drunk in a city centre, an elderly person who’s fallen at home or an injured motorbike rider.

Raw Cut have produced a number of action reality TV series including Police Interceptors and Neighbourhood Blues. How did this series compare?

The great thing about doing a show like this is that everyone’s on the same side and the focus is on helping people.

No one’s chasing a criminal down the motorway, but the tension of whether the paramedics can help a patient pull through is like no other. It is literally life and death.

Why do you think it’s important to film our emergency services in action?

There’s a national debate going on about our National Health Service, but there have been comparatively few factual programmes documenting what the response crews actually do on a daily basis.

I think they work harder and deal with more difficult situations than most people could imagine. And despite this they still manage to keep a cool head as they deal with the chaos in front of them.

A&E on the Road follows the MERIT team from the West Midlands Ambulance Service. How well do you get to know the staff featured?

We didn’t just film MERIT, but the whole breadth of the emergency teams including volunteer doctors as well as the paramedics. So we have stories from ambulance crews, from the rapid response drivers and the major trauma teams.

It’s an exciting mix that shows the staggering breadth of what the ambulance service has to deal with.

With 10, 1 hour long episodes including a whole raft of situations and emergencies, was there an incident that surprised or shocked you the most?

By far the most surprising is the story in Episode 1 where a young man decides to walk across the M6 on his way home after what was obviously a fairly heavy night out.

He’s been hit by a speeding lorry midway across the carriageway and the paramedics are, not unnaturally, expecting the worst.

But when they get there the man is sitting up and talking to his rescuers. Quite how he escaped with his life is still a mystery.