Ambulance – BBC1

The documentary returns, this time following the North West Ambulance Service, beginning with a busy weekend as fans descend on a Manchester music festival

Anyone who thinks they’re busy at work should spare a thought for the North West Ambulance Service, who answered 11,179 calls in just one weekend!

This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the paramedics and call operators as they deal with everything from intoxicated festivalgoers in Manchester, cardiac arrests and major car crashes.

Helimed crew: (L-R) Rob, Ian, Simon and Laura

As paramedic Andrea (pictured, top) explains, after visiting a woman with sepsis who refuses to go to hospital, ‘Unless you’ve been in this position I don’t think anyone can ever understand the grief you can go through in a day’s work.’

TV Times rating: ****