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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.