BBC Two documentary Hospital returns to RFL

23 June 2020

The Royal Free London will be the focus of a new series of the award-winning BBC Two documentary Hospital.

It follows the success of the special two-part documentary Hospital Special: Fighting Covid-19, which showcased the response of our amazing staff from day one of lockdown.

The two-parter was hailed by the Radio Times as the ‘most important documentary you will see this year’ and received widespread critical acclaim. It was viewed by 3 million people.

BBC Two has commissioned a sixth series of the documentary, produced by Label1, which will be filmed across the Royal Free London – a six part series to chart the next stage of the story, as services across the NHS are reinstated following the impact of Covid-19.

We are delighted to be able to continue working with Label1 and the BBC following the overwhelmingly positive response from viewers, and our staff, to Hospital Special: Fighting Covid-19. Our staff did an incredible job of showcasing the efforts taking place across the NHS in response to this devastating pandemic. Their skill, commitment, kindness and compassion were there for all to see.  As we embark on the new challenge of delivering NHS services in a post Covid-19 world, we’re looking forward to continuing to share our story with the public.

Caroline Clarke, Royal Free London group chief executive

Hospital Special: Fighting Covid-19 was one of the most candid, challenging and brilliant programmes to have documented this crisis. It has been our privilege to reflect the work of the staff and the lives of the patients at the Royal Free London and I am delighted to see the series return later this year.

Patrick Holland, Controller, BBC Two

It was an honour to be able to document patients’ stories and the extraordinary work of the Royal Free London at the height of Covid-19 and we are delighted to be returning to shed light on their work across the trust as they begin to resume services and plan for the future

Lorraine Charker-Phillips, Executive Producer of Hospital and co-founder of Label1