Stephen Tompkinson (DCI Banks) has been cast as the lead in BBC One’s upcoming five episode dramedy series Truckers. Tompkinson has been cast as Malachi Davies, though exact character details are being kept under wraps. Production on the series is set to commence next month in Nottingham.
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 his role, Stephen Tompkinson said: “Occasionally in my career, I’ve been able to say an immediate yes to a project without seeing a script, simply because of the writer’s name. Truckers is certainly up there with William Ivory’s other celebrated works and it is indeed an honour to be a part of it and a genuine thrill to be bringing it to BBC One.”
Executive Producer Steve Lightfoot commented: “We are delighted to have Stephen playing one of our lead characters, Malachi Davies. Malachi is a larger than life character in a complex situation, so will be a great role for Stephen to get to grips with.”
While Polly Hill, the BBC’s Head of Independent Drama, added: “We are thrilled to see Stephen Tompkinson back on the BBC. Billy’s wonderful scripts are both emotional and funny, as they examine the truthfulness of modern life and relationships. Stephen will be a brilliant Malachi, and seeing him star in this original drama, will be a real treat for our BBC One audience.”