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Channel 5 uncovers “Pothole Britain”

UK broadcaster Channel 5 is profiling the issue of a road maintenance backlog in Pothole Britain, a one-off from STV and GroupM Entertainment.
October 21, 2013

UK broadcaster Channel 5 is profiling the issue of a road maintenance backlog in Pothole Britain, a one-off from STV and GroupM Entertainment.

The 60-minute special, airing in December, takes an in-depth look at the frustration caused by the country’s pothole problem, interviewing pothole victims, councils and local campaigners.

Some of the characters featured include “Mr. Pothole,” who has made it his mission to fix the national problem, Worcester’s road chief John Fraser, and the crews and councils that deal with complaints.

Pothole Britain is produced and directed by Nicky Taylor, and executive produced by STV’s Liam Hamilton and GroupM’s Abigail Adams and Tony Moulsdale.

“Potholes are a blight that everyone who uses the roads are sick and tired off,” said Hamilton. “Our program looks at this huge problem and meets the people trying to solve it.”

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Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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