THE actions of life-saving air ambulance medics in Cumbria will be broadcast on television screens this weekend.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) will feature in the third series of More4’s popular Emergency Helicopter Medics, which starts on Sunday at 9pm.

During the summer, a camera team followed the GNAAS crews at Langwathby, near Penrith, and Teesside International Airport.

The material they compiled with the support of the patients has been made into 11 episodes, the first of which features a man left in a critical condition after collapsing in Spennymoor, County Durham.

Upcoming episodes will feature the crews dealing with a number of incidents across the county, include an impalement following a car crash in west Cumbria.

Grahame Pickering, chief executive of GNAAS, said: “The series doesn’t hide from the challenging situations that our teams encounter on a regular basis.

“It’s important that the public can see where their donations are spent – which is on treating the most seriously ill and injured patients in our region.”

The series also follows Thames Valley Air Ambulance and East Anglia Air Ambulance.

Last year, GNAAS needed to raise £5.3m to survive.

The service responded to 1,640 callouts across the North East and Cumbria.