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Old 07-05-2011, 00:08
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It was a documentary series that was shown on the BBC during the 90s. It included reconstructions of real-life emergencies, as well as interviews with the actual people involved in said emergencies.

I can remember there being a bonfire night special, featuring a boy who injured his leg after placing a firework in his pocket which ignited itself, and another boy who injured his eye at a family display. It scared the crap out of me as a kid; put me off fireworks for years!

The theme tune was pretty chilling too, even now it sends shivers down my spine when I think about it.

Does anyone else recall it? Are there any episodes which have stuck in your mind for whatever reason?
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:11
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yeh i remember it
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:19
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Oh yeah i remember that show, Michael Buerk that was the presenter wasn't it?
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:24
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Oh yeah i remember that show, Michael Buerk that was the presenter wasn't it?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/999_(BBC_TV_series)

Seems so.
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:27
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Another devotee here *HB waves*

Can't remember any particular incident though.

Similar to the US 911... which was fronted by William Shatner...

Love real life rescue type shows...
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:35
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I remember it - there was one where a car was crushed under a lorry and they had to rescue the woman from under it. It gave me a phobia of passing lorries on the road for life
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Old 07-05-2011, 00:48
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It was a frightening program with some of the reconstructions of the accidents they used to do. They were rarities but still very frightening real life stories nevertheless. But I do remember that Alastair McGowan did used to do an excellent and very funny impression of Michael Buerk presenting 999 on his Big Impressions show in the late nineties, early noughties. The intonation and pitch of his voice was very like Buerk himself and thinking of that does lighten up the thought of the actual program itself in my program.
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:16
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It was amazing. Should bring it back!

Where's the petition?
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:21
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Bloody loved it ... which is probably very wrong!
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:38
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I was terrified of this as a child but couldn't look away. Everything about it was a bit sinister. Buerk's delivery, that theme tune, the reconstructions, the stories, the dark lighting; it was creepy!
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Old 07-05-2011, 01:45
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I was terrified of this as a child but couldn't look away. Everything about it was a bit sinister. Buerk's delivery, that theme tune, the reconstructions, the stories, the dark lighting; it was creepy!
Same here, and yet I watched so avidly! It always seemed to feature girls with long hair always getting it caught in something. And another little girl went rolling down a hill and ended up angering a beehive -- bees were crawling all over her, she got badly stung, and yet she came on the programme and said they were now her favourite animals!
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:09
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Yes! I always remember one when i was a kid. I cant remember it exactly but basically a familys house caught on fire around christmas and it showed the tree and presents getting destroyed. That christmas i was scared that my house would burn down along with my presents.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:52
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It always seemed to feature girls with long hair always getting it caught in something. And another little girl went rolling down a hill and ended up angering a beehive -- bees were crawling all over her, she got badly stung
Yes, this is the one i remember most, bloody scary stuff
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:41
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http://youtu.be/BY84Ke3UYi0
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:49
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I remember 999 which was presented by Michael Burke and shown on BBC1.

I also remember 911 which was presented by William Shatner. This was a US version of 999.

ITV had a similar programme called Martin Brundle's Great escapes which was shown in the late 90s 1998 and 1999.

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Mar...&client=safari

Does anyone else remember Martin Brundle's Great escapes?
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Old 07-05-2011, 09:59
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I remember this - the music used to scare the life out of me...it was the DUH DUH DUHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHN at the end.

And no matter what day, what time, what situation, if you had an accident near the sea, Michael Burke would deliver the killer line - 'the tide was always about to come in'

I remember one episode where a group of scouts went caving and had to duck under water to reach the next part...one boy went under the water but through the wrong bit and got stuck in this random small cave and the oxygen started running out...

Also lots of farmers getting limbs stuck in machinery. Nice.
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Old 07-05-2011, 11:52
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Yes! I always remember one when i was a kid. I cant remember it exactly but basically a familys house caught on fire around christmas and it showed the tree and presents getting destroyed. That christmas i was scared that my house would burn down along with my presents.
Yes, I remember that one too - scared the life out of me. Can't remember if the fire was started due to faulty tree lights or not, but even now I'm super careful about faulty electrics and stuff, especially around Christmas.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:23
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always loved this show,the music always made you really want to watch it,michael beurk was perfect for this type of thing.
just a simple show about what the police do in emergencies & the caurage of everyday people..good times
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:29
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I used to love that programme. There were always people getting stuck in quicksand. Every time I hear Michael Buerk's voice I expect a disaster to happen. Meant I could never watch Pinapple dance studio 1)because it was rubbish 2) I kept expecting a fire to start in the attics or something to blow up.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:56
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Does anyone else remember Martin Brundle's Great escapes?
Yep ... and he was hopeless with a script. To be honest, he still is as lead commentator on F1 - much better making it up as he goes along.
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Old 07-05-2011, 12:58
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It was a documentary series that was shown on the BBC during the 90s. It included reconstructions of real-life emergencies, as well as interviews with the actual people involved in said emergencies.

I can remember there being a bonfire night special, featuring a boy who injured his leg after placing a firework in his pocket which ignited itself, and another boy who injured his eye at a family display. It scared the crap out of me as a kid; put me off fireworks for years!

The theme tune was pretty chilling too, even now it sends shivers down my spine when I think about it.

Does anyone else recall it? Are there any episodes which have stuck in your mind for whatever reason?
I do remember it.

I actually have a VHS video about live saving that I ordered from the progamme.
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Old 07-05-2011, 13:20
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I do remember it!!

I am use that I still have the official book (IIRC it had to be sent away for, and the details were given at the end credits?) around somewhere that detailed a few of the "cases" from the programme.

The case that sticks in my mind is the emergency biro-tracheotomy on, I think, a plane.

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Old 07-05-2011, 13:25
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Remember it well.
Heres the full theme

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QA4fXdxPelE
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Old 07-05-2011, 13:41
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I remember and liked this programme.

I remember watching a special show they did about the great storm of 1987 (the storm where Michael Fish was criticised for). One part of the show was when they reconstructed storms that hit a caravan park on the south coast. At the time i was watching this in a caravan, in Cornwall, while out there was strong winds and rain!!
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Old 07-05-2011, 15:18
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i do remember two incidents:

One where a boy got a javelin stick through the neck, narrowly missing his larynx, and another one where a mother left her baby unattended in a bath for a few minutes and the baby got one of its fingers firmly jammed somehow.
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