A&E Live is a brand new ITV documentary airing this week to coincide with the NHS’ 70-year anniversary in the United Kingdom.
Hosted by presenter Davina McCall, the eye-opening programme provided the country with a valuable insight into the work of all the doctors, nurses and practitioners at the Leeds hospital.
But as viewers may expect, the show’s groundbreaking attempts to film live for one hour this evening didn’t go without a hitch.
The calm host did her best to adapt to unexpected circumstances in the hospital, and made sure to warn viewers beforehand about what they were in for.
Following one break however, Davina could be seen still talking to one nurse when the programme had already gone live again.
Seemingly reassuring the nurse to speak on live television, the 50-year-old could be heard saying: “Nothing expected” before suddenly realising they were back on.
Looking at the camera, the professional recovered: “Oh! Here we are… I’m with Fiona, she’s one of my friends from the last week.”
Fiona explained the different elements of her job and Davina then revisited what had apparently happened before the break.
“See it wasn’t that bad,” she insisted. “Fiona was a little bit nervous about this, and you did very well indeed!”
While there a couple of unscheduled moments on the documentary, many viewers were more concerned with the fact the programme wasn’t entirely live.
Davina told audiences at the start of the programme “there would be a delay”, and only patients who had agreed to be identified would be shown on television.
There were also pre-recorded segments from Davina’s time in the hospital over the last week.
Taking to Twitter, viewers at home shared their feelings on the brand new format.
One person said: “#AandELive not sure I am a fan of this it’s almost like Davina is just in the way…. these environments can be so intense and there she is asking a doctor who is on the phone if she can have a chat with him in a bit.”
“Currently watching ‘A&E not so live as I thought’ #AandELive,” another shared.
A third agreed: “Well over half of #AandELive hasn’t been live so far…”
While a fourth simply said: “If there’s a broadcasting delay, then the programme isn’t live #AandELive.”
Plenty of other viewers were blown away by the courageous work of the staff at Leeds General Infirmary, as one person declared: “Having spent a lot of time in A&E with my elderly father I’m in total awe. The work the #nhs do are amazing from the porters to the nurses to the consultants #NHSWeek #AandELive #SaveOurNHS.”
“Watching A&E Live, brilliant show such a good insight into what goes on at A&E .. #AandELive, you all do such a great job,” another praised.
One person added: “Original thought for the day: the NHS is flippin’ amazing, bloomin’ marvellous and all-round incredible. #AandELive.”
Express.co.uk has contacted a representative at ITV for comment.
A&E Live continues tomorrow night at 9pm on ITV.