Ashley Walters (Inside Men), John Dagleish (Lark Rise To Candleford), Harry Treadaway (Control), Sian Breckin (Donkey Punch) and Jenn Murray (The Fades) have joined the cast of BBC One’s upcoming five episode dramedy series Truckers. They join previously announce main cast member Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks).
Walter has been cast as Steven, one of the truckers; Dagleish as Martin, the manger of the haulage company; Treadaway as Glen Davies, the son of Malachi (Stephen Tompkinson); Breckin as Wendy, an outwardly tough and confident female trucker; and Murray as Michelle, the Transport Manager for the haulage company who is Martin’s eyes and ears on the yard.
Created by William Ivory, Truckers has been described as a bitter-sweet character-driven show about getting by in difficult times. The series follows a rogue’s gallery of irascible characters, men and women, all of whom work for the same haulage company driving 40 ton articulated lorries across the Midlands. In each episode a trucker undergoes a life changing journey and the audience is taken along for the ride. Company Pictures is producing, with Faye Dorn serving as series producer and (as TVWise previously reported) Sheree Folkson and Sue Tully directing. The executive producers are Polly Hill, Steve Lightfoot, John Yorke and William Ivory.
Speaking of the cast, Executive Producer Steve Lightfoot said: “William Ivory has written a group of wonderful blue collar characters who leap off the page, with lives we can all relate to – and this cast of exciting actors inhabit them brilliantly to bring these funny and moving stories to life.”
While Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama, added: “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.”