Truckers (2013 TV series)

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Genre Drama
Written byWilliam Ivory
Directed by
Composer(s) Tim Phillips
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)Faye Dorn
Production location(s) Nottingham
CinematographyTony Slater Ling
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s) Company Pictures
Distributor All3Media
Original network
Original release10 October (2013-10-10) 
7 November 2013 (2013-11-07)
External links
Production website

Truckers is a British drama television series that first broadcast on BBC One on 10 October 2013. The series is about Britain through the lives of truck drivers working in Nottingham.



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The cast of Truckers


The series was announced on 11 January 2012 by Ben Stephenson, controller of drama commissioning at the BBC at the Broadcasting Press Guild lunch. The drama was commissioned with Danny Cohen. [1]

Episode list

#TitleDirected byOriginal air dateUK viewers
(millions) [2]
1"Episode 1" Sheree Folkson 10 October 2013 (2013-10-10)2.88 (overnight)

Episode centres on the life of Malachi Davies

Guest starring: Maggie O'Neill, Ben Heathcote, Katherine Dow Blyton, Sacha Parkinson and Marc Ryan-Jordan
2"Episode 2"Sheree Folkson17 October 2013 (2013-10-17)2.25 (overnight)

Episode centres on the life of Martin Banks.

Guest starring: Stephen Bent, Wendy Morgan and Lauren Carse
3"Episode 3"Sheree Folkson24 October 2013 (2013-10-24)2.31 (overnight)

Episode centres on the life of Steven "Steve" Warley.

Guest starring: Wunmi Mosaku, Kiano Samuels, Lisa Marged, Dasharn Anderson, Marianne McIvor, Jamie Michie, Victoria Elliott, David Wilson and Edward Neeson
4"Episode 4" Sue Tully 31 October 2013 (2013-10-31)2.10 (overnight)

Episode centres on the life of Wendy Newman

Guest starring: Marian McLoughlin, Ian Peck, Kenneth Collard, Sean McKenzie and Elliot Levey
5"Episode 5"Sue Tully7 November 2013 (2013-11-07)2.37 (overnight)
Guest starring: Pooky Quesnel, Camille Ucan, Neil Fitzmaurice and Sharlene Whyte



Overnight figures showed that the first episode on 10 October 2013 was watched by 13.5% of the viewing audience for that time, with 2.88 million watching it. [3] The second, third, fourth and fifth episodes were watched by 10.6%, 11.0%, 10.4% and 11.4% of the viewing audience respectively. [4] [5] [6] [7]

Critical reception

David Butcher of Radio Times said the following about the first episode: "The trouble is, none of it makes a lot of sense, and the long, colourful speeches that writer William Ivory gives Tompkinson can’t save the drama from clattering oddness." [8] Sarah Rainey, writing for The Daily Telegraph gave it four out of five stars, called it a "bitter-sweet offering" and said: "The script offered a good mix of humour and poignancy, and there were also some unexpectedly lovely scenes of the countryside". [9] Ellen Jones of The Independent said: "The laboriously regional script didn't make it any easier. The dialogue was so crammed with earthy wisdom and quaint sexual euphemisms that the actors struggled to get a breath in." and "Truckers' debt to films such as Brassed Off and The Full Monty was made obvious". [10]

International broadcasters

In Australia the series premiered on 23 April 2015 on BBC First. [11]

Home media

The DVD edition was released on 3 February 2014. [12]

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