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Channel 5 greenlights “The Motorway” from Scotland’s Fearless Television

Glasgow-based indie Fearless Television has secured its first-ever commission with the four-part docuseries The Motorway for British pubcaster Channel 5. With access to the government-owned Highways England, the 4 x 60-minute series ...
January 10, 2020

Glasgow-based indie Fearless Television has secured its first-ever commission with the four-part docuseries The Motorway for British pubcaster Channel 5.

With access to the government-owned Highways England, the 4 x 60-minute series goes behind the scenes to reveal the “hidden workforce” that keep England’s M1 motorway moving.

The commission is part of Channel 5′s regional initiative, which aims to support 16 regional production companies bring projects to screen.

The Motorway, commissioned by C5′s Lucy Willis, premieres Jan. 13 at 9 p.m.

Amanda Murray, executive producer and Fearless Television co-MD said in a statement:  “We really wanted to bring a fresh eye to a well-known territory – and the access we gained to the control rooms allowed us to tell unfolding stories from lots of different perspectives in a way that hasn’t been done before. There’s plenty of drama and incidents for the staff to respond to but at its heart it’s an engaging, entertaining series with bags of humor and warmth and of course great characters.”

Ed Wardle, co-MD and executive producer, added: “Lucy and Channel 5 have been very supportive of our determination to build a successful new indie that will add to the talent base here in Scotland. It was an ambitious first commission for us but we had a great piece of hard won access with the potential for providing great stories and drama in a world that reaches anyone who’s ever sat behind the wheel of a car.”

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