A one-off documentary from a Northumberland-based television production company following a group of female truckers is set to air on Channel 4 on February 9.
Orion TV‘s MotherTruckers is about women who work in heavy goods delivery and how, in an industry which is dominated by men, they manage their careers, goals and personal lives.
The series description says: “How do women lorry drivers get on with their male colleagues, juggle families, and stay feminine? This amusing film meets the new queens of the road.”
According to the programme, only 2% of the UK’s lorry drivers are women. But they are a growing force on the roads.
MotherTruckers reveals the lifestyles of an unusual group of ladies rising to the challenge of being truck drivers, while fighting to keep a stable family environment, as mothers, daughters, wives and girlfriends.
Bob Whittaker, director at Orion and who lives in Alnmouth, says he hopes the documentary will be a hit with viewers and be taken up as a series.
The commission is a big breakthrough for the company as it aims to become a leading supplier of factual programmes to broadcasters.
MotherTruckers follows several female drivers, including former ballerina Emma who, plagued by injury, is torn between her new career and her desire to get back into dancing. Meanwhile Ella hopes to pass her HGV2 test. Ex-soldier and transsexual Vikki reveals her struggle for acceptance as one of the girls. And mother hen – and lead MotherTrucker – Wendy explains why she puts her time into training and mentoring new female drivers.