RPA is the program that ignited Australia’s love of observational documentaries. For 17 years it gave viewers around the country an access-all-areas pass to the inner workings of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney. And now it’s back, narrated by Rodger Corser. RPA follows patients who bravely and generously share their stories, as well as the outstanding surgeons and physicians who not only put broken bodies back together, but in many cases have to break the news to these patients that their prognosis isn’t good. These real-life moments are captured in all their unfiltered emotional rawness. Embracing the vast changes in medicine in the past decade, RPA will feature advancements and new technologies: from life-saving, minimally invasive brain, heart, and robotic surgery to the 24/7 statewide Clot Retrieval Procedure for stroke sufferers, along with all the immediacy of the hospital’s Emergency Department. RPA staff proudly claim, “We’re the only hospital in Australia that does a bit of everything”. Now they are doing even more. RPA is produced by McAvoy Media for the 9Network.

Coming to 2023

Max Cullen’s sympathetic narration was one of the best things about the original series. I hope they do it justice.


As well as the very straightforward story telling. No hype, no added drama. Just the patients and their doctors/nurses.


When did RPA last air again?

From 1995 to 2012.

  1. It’s been that long ?