A far cry from Grey’sanatomy,

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The ten­sion is al­ready thick in the emer­gency room at King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal in Lon­don when the lead trauma con­sul­tant, a doc­tor named Mal­colm, gets word that a pa­tient who’s just been run over by a bus is be­ing trans­ported to the ER by he­li­copter.

In­tense mo­ments pile up as Mal­colm stays calm and fo­cuses on the prac­ti­cal ques­tions: Is his full team as­sem­bled? Does ev­ery­one have the right gear? Isn’t any more in­for­ma­tion about the vic­tim avail­able?

Mean­while, all Out­liers can think is: What does a bus-ac­ci­dent vic­tim look like?

One of the first scenes in what promises to be an in­tense new doc­u­men­tary se­ries on the cable chan­nel BBC America fo­cuses on the fate of the bus-crash vic­tim at King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal. But that vic­tim is not alone.

All told, BBC spent a to­tal of 28 days in one of Lon­don’s busiest ERS, film­ing hun­dreds of pa­tients, families and doc­tors while lives hung in the bal­ance. The re­sult is a 14-part se­ries called 24 Hours in the ER, with each episode fo­cus­ing on a spe­cific 24-hour pe­riod in the hos­pi­tal emer­gency de­part­ment. (The BBC America premier of the show is Sept. 27.)

If it sounds like a nerve-rack­ing way to spend an even­ing in front of the tube, well, it is. This ain’t Grey’s Anatomy. If a pre­view of the first episode of the show is any guide, the se­ries should find an au­di­ence with any­one look­ing for hon­est, hu­man por­tray­als of some of the most dra­matic mo­ments in any­one’s life.

“Ev­ery­one should walk through an emer­gency room at least once in their life, be­cause it makes you re­al­ize what your pri­or­i­ties are,” Dr. Liz Hobbs, chief of staff at the King’s Col­lege ER, says in one of the show’s ear­li­est clips. “It’s not the rush-rush-rush and the money-money-money. It’s the peo­ple you love and the fact that one minute they might be there and one minute they might be gone.”

BBC’s new 14-part doc­u­men­tary se­ries about King’s Col­lege Hos­pi­tal gives Grey’s Anatomy a run for its money.

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