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BBC2, Raw TV take on London’s “super sewer”

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned London-based prodco Raw TV to produce an observational engineering docuseries set to follow the construction of London’s “super sewer”. The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer (3 x ...
June 15, 2018

British pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned London-based prodco Raw TV to produce an observational engineering docuseries set to follow the construction of London’s “super sewer”.

The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer (3 x 60 minutes) documents the progress and setbacks faced by a team of 4,000 construction workers tasked with building the 20 mile-long sewer that will cut through the heart of the British capital deep below the Thames at a cost of £5 billion.

The film will also explore the state of London’s aging sewer network as the city undertakes the largest infrastructure project ever at the hands of the UK water industry, designed to intercept some of the nearly 40 million tons of sewage that currently spills into the Thames each year.

Raw’s Tim Wardle serves as executive producer. The Five Billion Pound Super Sewer was commissioned by Abigail Priddle, BBC’s commissioning editor for specialist factual.

“The sheer scale, ingenuity and ambition of this project is remarkable and provides a thrilling insight into the incredible science and engineering going on beneath our feet to make the River Thames, one of the UK’s best loved landmarks, sewage free,” said Priddle in a statement.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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