Call Red

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Call Red
Genre ActionDrama
Created by J. C. Wilsher
Written by Peter Jukes
Michael Jenner
Brian McGill
Alan Whiting
Directed by Peter Barber-Fleming
Christopher King
Ian Knox
Starring Michael Carter
Seamus Gubbins
Allie Byrne
Adam Levy
Claire Benedict
Maria McAteer
Ken Drury
Vincent Regan
Kelle Spry
Morgan Jones
Charlie Caine
Opening theme "Guardian Angel" by Marcella Detroit
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Antony Root [2]
Producer(s) Gillian Gordon [1]
Location(s) London, England, UK
Cinematography Peter Middleton
Editor(s) Martin Sharpe
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Film and General Productions
Thames Television
Distributor FremantleMedia
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Stereo
Original release 8 January (1996-01-08) – 19 February 1996 (1996-02-19)

Call Red is a British television action drama series created by J. C. Wilsher that premiered on January 8, 1996 on ITV.[3] The series follows the adventures of an Air Ambulance squad, captained by Phillip Tulloch (Michael Carter). The series draws upon a documentary-style feel, including hand-held camera work for helicopter-based scenes, and detailed outlines of the procedures carried out by the medics themselves.[4] Just a single series of seven episodes was produced. The complete series has been earmarked for release on DVD by Network Distributing, although no set date has been given for the release.[5]

Early reception of the series was critical. Thomas Sutcliffe of The Independent said that the series is composed of "wooden acting" and "cardboard dialogue", and that "the wiser viewer will realise it shows no vital signs at all".[6] Jim White of The Independent stated that "all the characters were ludicrously gung-ho, self-important and convinced they were the only people capable of administering medical assistance; typical doctors then, but not much fun to spend sixty minutes with".[3]



No. Title Directed by Written by Ratings (in millions)[7]
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Original airdate
1 "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" TBA Michael Jenner & Peter Jukes TBA 8 January 1996 (1996-01-08)
2 "Baptism of Fire" TBA Peter Jukes TBA 15 January 1996 (1996-01-15)
3 "Heartbreaker" Peter Barber-Fleming[8] J.C. Wilsher TBA 22 January 1996 (1996-01-22)
4 "Force of Habit" TBA TBA TBA 29 January 1996 (1996-01-29)
5 "Life Extinct" TBA TBA TBA 5 February 1996 (1996-02-05)
6 "Night Sun" TBA Peter Jukes TBA 12 February 1996 (1996-02-12)
7 "Breaking Strain" TBA TBA TBA 19 February 1996 (1996-02-19)


The series came under fire when aircraft equipment used in the filming of an episode which saw the team helping victims of a plane crash was returned to the owners severely damaged. It was claimed that the damage amounted to more than £48,000, and was caused when the production company, Thames Television, chose to light fires around fuselage and landing gear, which resulted in burning and corrosion of said equipment, and further damage was caused when the producers tried to extinguish the fires. The case was brought to court on January 10, 1996, just two days after the first episode premiered on ITV.[9]


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