Set your reminders about ITV’s special programmes celebrating the NHS’s 70th birthday

ITV are screening a special season of shows about the NHS next week, in celebration of the NHS 70th birthday.

The festivities kick off on Monday, 21 May at 8:30pm with Paul O’Grady hosting the NHS Heroes Awards celebrating the work of NHS staff and volunteers across 11 different categories including Mental Health Champions, Emergency Lifesaver and Hero Volunteer.

Paul O’Grady said: “We’ve all experienced the NHS at some stage, myself included. I’m thrilled and delighted to be hosting the new NHS Heroes Awards as this wonderful institution celebrates its 70th year. We will be honouring the incredible medical staff and also the dedicated work of porters, cleaners and of course the army of volunteers without whom the NHS could not function.”

The next day (Tuesday 22 May at 8pm) Alan Titchmarsh and the rest of the Love Your Garden team use their green fingers to create a garden for The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in an NHS special episode of the show.

The Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital is the biggest single site children’s hospital in the country. The area where the team will be creating the garden is bigger than all of the domestic gardens from the last series put together.

Alan Titchmarsh said: “It’s been a privilege to meet the amazing staff and brave children and parents at the hospital. Every child, no matter what their circumstances, deserves an outdoor space where they can play and feel safe. My team and I hope this garden brings joy to everyone who uses it for many years to come.”

Straight after that, at 9pm, TV presenter Davina McCall kick starts three days of A&E Live from Leeds General Infirmary’s A&E department. The mini-series will follow patients from their initial 999, right through to their hospital treatment. This unique programme will give the audience at chance to see things happen though the eyes of the medical professionals as situations unfold in front of them.

This show will be on at 9pm from Tuesday 22 May until Thursday 24 May.

Davina McCall said: “We all owe a great debt to the incredible NHS teams whose skill and commitment each and every day is focused on helping us whenever we’re in need. They never know exactly what they’re going to face, but they’re always prepared to do their best and it’s going to be fascinating to see them up close doing their vital work.  This will be one of the toughest jobs of my career and I’m honoured and humbled to be joining them for this special week.”

Find out more about ITV’s NHS programmes.