RPA (TV series)


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RPA is an Australian reality television show that is filmed at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and shows the everyday workings of this major hospital in Sydney, Australia. The program began in 1994.

Format

For the majority of its thirteen year run, each episode of RPA has run for half an hour. However, its initial 2007 run was broadcast in combined hour-long episodes, and its return later in the year saw it assume a permanent one hour timeslot.Nine stretches out a good thing Operations are recorded on camera and the doctors provide commentary as they operate on patients.A new RPA: Where Are They Now series, begun in 2007, runs for half an hour. It profiles the lives of patients who have previously appeared on RPA, recapping the original stories and showing follow-ups on the patients' lives or deaths following their initial appearance on the programme.Both series are narrated by Max Cullen.

Awards

RPA has been nominated for an award at the annual TV Week Logie Awards in every year since 2000 (eight times in succession); from 2000-2006, it was nominated in the Most Popular Reality Program category, while in 2007 it was nominated in the Most Outstanding Factual Series category. It won silver Logies at the 2000 and 2003 Logie Awards.TV Week Logie Awards 2000TV Week Logie Awards 2003

Other stories

A feature of RPA is its storyline nature, in that it has a strong emphasis on following the stories of patients throughout the series. Examples include Kenyan burns victim Safari, who appeared in every episode of the 2001 series and in an episode of RPA: Where Are They Now.Professor Chris O'Brien, a head and neck surgeon, has appeared since the start of the show but is now retired after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour in January, 2007. He has since recovered from his operation and his story was told on 60 Minutes.[http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=269920 Never say die, Chris O' Briens Story].


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