Reality emergency television shows UK

It may not be the most popular sub-genre of reality television shows in the UK, but emergency reality shows like Bizarre ER and Ambulance have seemingly found success.

The United Kingdom (UK) has been the home to some of the best reality shows to have earned international acclaim outside of its country of origin.

However, in most instances, the genres that garner international acclaim are genres like competitive reality shows such as The Great British Bake Off and The Circle.

A sub-genre though in the reality epoch that does not get as much acclaim as other popular reality sub-genres is emergency reality shows.

These are medical reality shows aimed at showcasing some aspects of the UK medical profession and this includes shows like Bizarre ER, Ambulance, and Inside the Ambulance.

The most highly-ranked UK reality shows according to IMDb

According to IMDb, the most highly ranked UK reality show first premiered on Amazon Prime Video in 2021. Clarkson’s Farm is a reality show that is based on popular reality star and automobile authority, Jeremy Clarkson’s efforts to successfully run a farm in the countryside.

The fact that fans get to see Clarkson outside of his element and get insight into his family dynamics may be the biggest reason for the show’s critical and commercial acclaim. IMDb has shared that the overall ranking of the show is nine out of 10.

Reality emergency television shows UK

Getting introduced to emergency and medical reality shows from the UK is more difficult than getting introduced to shows of other popular reality sub-genres, like dating reality formats such as the likes of 90 Day Fiancé (UK) or familial and nuclear, family-oriented reality shows like Escape to the Chateau.

However, more effort needs to be made to find emergency reality format shows. As such, there are three emergency reality shows to watch if you want to start exploring the overlooked sub-genre. These include:

Name Total number of seasons Description
Bizarre ER 6 seasons with 60 episodes This is the only reality show on our list that has since ended. Bizarre ER premiered in 2008 and ended in 2017. The premise of the show was to revisit and delve into some of the most bizarre and shocking medical cases in a British A&E department
Ambulance 9 seasons with over 65 episodes Ambulance is one of BBC One’s flagship reality format shows and it has affirmed its status by continually bringing ratings since it premiered in 2016. This is an observational documentary series, meaning the cameras follow the daily dramas and dilemmas that some of the staff of the UK’s largest ambulance services face daily
Inside the Ambulance 11 seasons with over 110 episodes While Inside the Ambulance sounds similar to Ambulance, especially since they both premiered in 2016, their perspectives make the two shows distinctive. This is as Inside the Ambulance is a documentary series that follows the work of Midlands Ambulance service, as the medical team has cameras attached to them to capture their real-life experiences when they respond to emergency call outs

Bizarre ER: Cancellation, highlight, and availability

Bizarre ER garnered a fairly large following during its first few seasons, when the first three seasons of the show aired on BBC Three.

However, the show’s success is considered to have been anchored by its narrator, who was in the first seasons between 2008 and 2010.

Freema Agyeman was the narrator for these seasons, then Sheridan Smith took over the responsibilities in 2011. The entire six seasons of the cancelled show are all available to watch on Netflix.

Where to watch Bizarre ER?

Ambulance expands its universe as a result of its success

Ambulance is arguably one of the most popular emergency reality format shows from the UK, so much so that it has since released a spin-off called Ambulance Australia which premiered in 2018.

The show now has a total of four seasons and counting as both shows continue to enjoy cult audience followings.

Ranked 8.5 out of 10 on IMDb, Ambulance is one of the highly regarded reality shows in general. As a BBC One original show, the show is not available on Netflix. Instead, it is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

Where to watch Ambulance?

Inside the Ambulance’s unique selling point

Ironically, while Inside the Ambulance may not be the first to come to mind when it comes to popular UK emergency reality shows, the show’s unique approach does give it a total rating of 8.7 out of 10 on IMDb, which is anchored by the observational style of the show.

However, due to its less popular international acclaim, on Amazon Prime Video you can buy or rent an episode on the platform.

Alternatively, Amazon Prime Video redirects subscribers to XiveTV, which is an add-on that can be purchased for the monthly subscription cost of $4.99 via Amazon Prime Video.

Where to watch Inside the Ambulance?