LONDON – Monday 2nd March 2020: Emma Willis returns to UKTV’s premium entertainment channel, W, for the two-part special, Emma Willis: Special Births (2 x 60’). Produced by Firecracker Films, each episode will include never before seen footage of births captured last year at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.
Across two heart-warming episodes, Emma will meet a selection of parents and babies six months after initial filming and discover how each family’s journey has unfolded since their time on the maternity ward. In each encounter, Emma will sit down with the family to watch the birth and reflect on the incredible moment their new-born baby entered the world. From hair-raising emergencies to hilarious gaffes, this will be an emotional rollercoaster for all involved.
Emma Willis: Special Births is commissioned for UKTV by Helen Nightingale, senior commissioning editor, and Hilary Rosen, deputy director of commissioning and head of factual and factual entertainment, and ordered by Adam Collings, channel director for W. Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment and Richard Watsham is director of commissioning. The series is executive produced for Firecracker Films by Sam Emmery, head of documentaries, and Jes Wilkins, chief creative officer.
Helen Nightingale said: “Emma is so passionate about her role as a Maternity Care Assistant, so it’s wonderful to see her re-visit families and see how childbirth has changed their lives since leaving the hospital. I’m sure there’ll be some lovely revelations and will be truly heart-warming telly.”
Adam Collings said: “We’re thrilled to have more Emma Willis on W. As our highest performing series Delivering Babies is a real gem and we can’t wait to see more of the incredible birthing stories in this two-part special.”
Sam Emmery, head of documentaries for Firecracker Films, said: “We are delighted to be working with the wonderfully talented Emma Willis and fantastic team at W again on this two-part special series. The series will give W viewers a unique opportunity to see a whole new set of birth stories and will showcase the amazing work the maternity staff at the Princess Alexandra Hospital carry out on a daily basis.”
Emma Willis: Special Births follows on from Delivering Babies, which was awarded a Broadcast Digital Award in 2019, and joins a whole host of new UKTV Originals airing on W in 2020. This includes The Wedding Fixer, a brand-new series which follows highly respected wedding planner Sarah Haywood as she battles to save couples from wedding day turmoil.
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