Crackit Productions has secured an ITV series filmed in two of Britain’s biggest pet hospitals.


Animal Ambulance, an eight-part prime-time series, will follow the vets, nurses and volunteers working in animal A&E units in Grimsby and London’s Victoria. It will feature drop-in mobile clinics and also join the pets’ journeys in ambulances through the cities.

The series was ordered by ITV factual entertainment commissioning editor Priya Singh and is due for transmission in the autumn.

It will be produced out of Crackit North, the Manchester-based division behind shows such as BBC1’s Secret Life of the Hospital Beds and Channel 4’s Saving Poundstretcher, with Animal Ambulance Ruth Binsley as series producer and Kerry Brierley as executive producer.

The commission comes as Crackit North hires Dinah Grey as its first head of development. Grey has worked in development at the BBC, Sundog, Betty and Renegade, spanning shows such as BBC1’s The Truth About…, BBC3’s Reggie Yates: Extreme UK and Channel 5’s Ben Fogle: New Lives in the Wild.

Crackit North is also making C5 series British Made with John Prescott, a follow-up to the former deputy prime minister’s first series, Made in Yorkshire.

Prescott will meet the producers of some of the biggest food and drink brands and share their spoils with his wife Pauline.

It will air later this spring.