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999: What’s Your Emergency?

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  • Series 3
  • Series 2
  • Series 1

The third series focuses on the work of police and paramedics in Cheshire, who talk with honesty and wit about the challenges they face in modern Britain.

The second series of 999: What’s Your Emergency? focuses on the emergency service that gets to know us most intimately: the ambulance service.

The series follows ambulance staff across the country, as paramedics and call handlers speak powerfully and frankly about the challenges they face and the Britain they see, while patients and their loved ones reveal the story behind their call for help.

2012 is the 75th anniversary of the 999 emergency telephone number in the UK. But the volume of calls has jumped by 60% in the last generation, with 31 million 999 calls received last year.

Filmed 24/7 with police, fire and ambulance teams in Blackpool over six weeks – and from the moment calls are received – this new 10-part documentary series shows how Britain is changing through the eyes of the emergency services on the front line.

The series highlights issues ranging from the damage caused by drugs and alcohol to the reality of domestic violence, and from the dysfunctional way that some people bring up their children to the plight of those who slip through society’s safety net.