Ross Kemp to explore Britain's coronavirus 'volunteer army' in new doc

Ross Kemp is set to front a new programme celebrating Britain’s ‘volunteer army’ who are looking after those in need and keeping the country going during the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite facing criticism for his recent ITV show On The NHS Frontline, the actor will celebrate the ‘heroic efforts of the country’s 750,000 volunteers during the current Covid-19 crisis.

The upcoming BBC episode – titled Ross Kemp: Britain’s Volunteer Army – will see the former EastEnders volunteer in his own community as well as meet people trying to make a difference across the country.

‘It makes me immensely proud to see the British public mobilising in their thousands to come to the assistance of the vulnerable in our society, and the NHS, in their time of need,’ Ross enthused.

‘This pandemic has produced all sorts of unlikely heroes and it will be a real privilege to meet some of them and celebrate their selfless work.’

The announcement of the new programme comes after Ross defended his ITV show On The NHS Frontline, which saw the former soap star film in a hospital where families had been unable to visit their ill loved ones.

He told Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on Good Morning Britain ‘In terms of the PPE, we used one set, and we brought more than that, and we left it behind, and it’s exactly the same standard. So they were happy with what we did.’

‘At no point we were a drain on resources,’ Ross insisted, adding: ‘And only myself and the cameraman actually went in to the ICU.

‘We were there for a very short time – under half an hour.’

Besides Ross’s new documentary, the BBC has also commissioned new factual programmes including Our Finest Hours, which will look at other times that the nation has pulled together during a crisis.

HealthCheckUK will also offer guidance on the mental and physical challenges presented by the lockdown.

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