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Exclusive: Channel 5, Plimsoll prep “Parking Hell”

UK commercial network Channel 5 has commissioned Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions to produce a 4 x 60-minute docuseries chronicling Britain’s parking battles. Britain’s Parking Hell will follow motorists, councils and private ...
April 24, 2018

UK commercial network Channel 5 has commissioned Bristol-based prodco Plimsoll Productions to produce a 4 x 60-minute docuseries chronicling Britain’s parking battles.

Britain’s Parking Hell will follow motorists, councils and private parking companies from across the UK as 38 million cars vie for eight million parking spaces.

The four-parter will feature a range of automotive anxieties, from a disgruntled dad fighting to make the streets around his kids’ school a safer place, to cars flooding in seaside ports and race day parking mayhem.

Plimsoll’s Karen Plumb and Grant Mansfield serve as executive producers. Channel 5′s commissioning editor Sean Doyle ordered the series, which will be distributed by Magnify Media.

“Parking should be a reasonably simple action but in fact it drives us Brits crazy. From High Court Barristers to chip shop owners, the British public are waging a war on parking,” said Plumb, Plimsoll’s head of fact ent, in a statement. “This warm and characterful documentary series looks at the conflict from both sides and the passions this very British battle evokes.”

The announcement follows a wave of news for Plimsoll, which was recently commissioned by National Geographic to produce six-part natural history docuseries Hostile Planet and the four-day live event series Yellowstone Live.

In February, the Bristol-based prodco also acquired Cardiff-based Bearhug TV from Jobim Sampson, who boarded the company as creative director at Plimsoll Wales.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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