BBC2 orders Mentorn’s “Watermen”

Produced by Mentorn Media, Watermen (pictured) will follow workers at a company that supplies water to seven million people in Northwest England.
January 16, 2014

BBC2 has commissioned an observational documentary series about one of the United Kingdom’s largest water companies.

Produced by Mentorn Media, Watermen (six x 60 minutes, working title, pictured) follows workers at United Utilities, a company that supplies water to seven million people in Northwest England.

“We rarely think about what it takes to bring clean water to every household in the country,” said Maxine Watson, the network’s commissioning editor for documentaries, in a statement. “This series will hopefully change that as we follow the dedicated cast of characters who take pride in doing the sometimes dirty and filthy jobs essential to bringing us clean and safe water.”

United Utilities has a 9,000-strong workforce and manages 42,000 kilometers of water pipes and 72,000 kilometers of sewage networks. The series will follow sewer men, call center staff and other workers tackling issues for customers.

“It’s easy to think it just falls from the sky and someone collects it but in fact it’s a huge and complex operation from customer services to ground-breaking engineering projects,” added Mentorn Media executive producer Hannah Wyatt. “The series will go behind the scenes of this process and meet the unsung heroes who keep our taps flowing.”

Watermen will be pre-sold by Passion Distribution.

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