10 September 2012
| 6.9/10 |
18 (16 aired)
3 October 2016
| Ed Coulthard (2012-2013)
Simon Ford (2012-2013)
Guy Davies (2013)|
Daniel Fromm (2012)
Mark Jones (2012)
Ally Roberts (2013)
Hugo Speer (2012, 2016), Julian Barratt (2013)
Reality television, Television documentary
24 Hours in A&E, 999, 24 Hours in Police Custody, Crime 360, Coppers
999: What's Your Emergency? is a British factual documentary following the members of the emergency services in Blackpool, Lancashire in series 1 and the ambulance service throughout the UK in series 2.
The first series was filmed in Blackpool over 6 weeks in 2011 and follows members of the Police service, the Fire service and Ambulance service as they work together to tackle crime and disorder in Blackpool.
The third series was announced on 27 June 2016 to be starting on 4 July 2016 on Channel 4. This series follows the Ambulance service and Police force in Cheshire as they attend a wide range of urgent and not so urgent call outs.
A final and fourth series was announced on the 1 January 2016 which will start to air in August 2017. The series will follow all 3 main police forces in the UK.
Every episode 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, with one or multiple issues raised per episode.
999: What's Your Emergency? Wikipedia
All episode ratings are taken from the BARB website and include Channel 4 and Channel 4+1.
Since the airing of the show, residents and councillors from Blackpool have been vocal on how the show has made their home town look to new visitors and especially families, after showing the apparent "darker" side of Blackpool. The leader of Blackpool council Simon Blackburn has even voiced his concerns after watching the show.Esther Rantzen wrote in the Daily Mail about how the show made her "weep for the women of today."
In a separate incident, PC Claire van Deurs Goss was disciplined by Lancashire Constabulary after being shown applying lip gloss at the wheel of a police vehicle in Series 1 Episode 6, which prompted over 50 complaints to the force.
On 26 July 2013 it was confirmed that Crackit Productions and the BBC were about to commission "Holiday Hospital 999" again based in Blackpool however these plans were shelved in what the Blackpool Gazette called a "Bullet Dodged" due to the damaging effect caused by 999: What's Your Emergency? on tourism in the town.