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MIPTV Picks: Licence to Drill

The 'dangerous job' subgenre of non-fiction programming doesn't show any signs of slowing down or losing popularity.
March 31, 2010


The ‘dangerous job’ subgenre of non-fiction programming doesn’t show any signs of slowing down or losing popularity. Many of us find it extremely captivating to catch glimpses of hardy men and women toiling away at some onerous task – even better if the toiling takes place in an inhospitable environment. Well, now TV viewers can add natural gas drilling in the harsh Canadian north to their viewing schedules. This series, originally produced for Discovery Channel Canada, captures the gritty reality faced by teams of drillers as they risk life and limb for what can be a substantial reward. Makes that paper cut you got in the office last week seem a little bit inconsequential, doesn’t it?

Partners: Produced by Pixcom (Montreal) for Discovery Channel Canada

Aired: January/February, 2010 (Canada)

Length: 6 x 45 mins

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding Canada

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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