BBC1 gears up for truck drivers drama

Stephen Tompkinson, Ashley Walters, Sian Breckin and Harry Treadaway will star in Truckers

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BBC1 gears up for truck drivers drama
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Ellie Walker-Arnott

William Ivory, the man behind Made in Dagenham, the comedy-drama based around the Ford car plant, is stepping up to something a little bigger with Truckers, a five-part series for BBC1 following a group of truck drivers working for a haulage yard in Nottingham.

Starring Wild at Heart's Stephen Tompkinson, Top Boy's Ashley Walters, Harry Treadaway, John Dagleish, Sian Breckin and Jenn Murray, Truckers promises to tell the stories of ordinary people pushed to extremes. Each episode will focus on one driver as they go through a life changing journey, both literally and figuratively.

Stephen Tompkinson plays Malachi, a man still living with his ex-wife and grown up son 18 months after his divorce. Ashley Walters stars as promiscous Steven, Sian Breckin is a female trucker with a tough exterior while John Dagleish plays Martin, the man tasked with managing the firm after the death of his father.

BBC head of independent drama Polly Hill said: “It's great to see Billy's scripts attract such a terrific cast. This is a beautifully written series that is bold, funny and moving and we have a fantastic cast to pull this off.”

Truckers is currently being filmed in Nottingham.

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