From Friday 2 March 2012, Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers returns to Channel 5 for a third series.
Broadcast on Fridays at 8pm, the observational documentary again charts the progress of the Eddie Stobart transport and logistics business. The hugely successful show from Princess Productions, which regularly attracts over 1.8 million viewers, gives an exclusive insight into the company and the people that have made the Eddie Stobart Superbrand one of the UK’s best loved and most successful businesses.
During the eight-part series, the team invites viewers on a behind-the-scenes look into the one of the world’s most recognisable haulage firms, and life behind the wheel of some of its 2,280 trucks on motorways and roads the length and breadth of the UK and beyond.
Filming took place over ten weeks during 2011 and features some 30 characters from numerous Eddie Stobart depots such as Appleton, Carlisle, Chelford, Crick, Newark and Warrington, as well as the business’s ports, airports and other interests.
Series three highlights include the first ever Stobart Fest – Eddie Stobart’s very own festival in celebration of the company, its trucks, its people and a 20,000 strong fan club. The inaugural event attracted nearly 7,000 fans to the Rockingham Race Circuit in Northamptonshire.
In the new series the cameras also document the progress of 150 new logistics apprentices being trained to acquire their HGV licences at the Eddie Stobart Training Academy in Widnes, opened in March last year.
Awaiting the many youngsters coming through the Academy is an intensive six-month Logistics Apprenticeship, during which they will spend a minimum six-weeks alongside experienced drivers gaining invaluable on-the-road experience. Only then, upon successful completion of the programme, will they be brought into the business and introduced to life as an Eddie Stobart driver. Find out who makes the grade through the course of series three.
The UK’s favourite lady trucker, Fiona Soltysiak, returns to prove for a third series that truck driving isn’t just a job for the boys.
Series three will also bare witness to the latest generation of the famous Stobart trucking family taking to the road. Twenty-year-old Edward Stobart, son of Stobart Group Chief Operating Officer William Stobart, takes his HGV test for the first time, and hopes to demonstrate that he is a natural even with the added pressures of the camera crew and the reputation of the family name at stake.
Outside of the trucking business, the new series takes viewers behind the scenes at Stobart Rail, Stobart Biomass and one of Stobart Group’s newest and biggest developments, London Southend Airport.
Once the third busiest UK airport Stobart Group, by investing over £80 million, is working to bring some of the former glory and busyness back to Southend. With a new air traffic control tower, railway station, runway extension, terminal and hotel all now complete, the airport is truly ready for take-off with easyJet commencing 70 flights a week from April 2012 to Amsterdam, Alicante, Barcelona, Belfast, Faro, Ibiza, Jersey, Malaga and Mallorca.
William Stobart, Stobart Group Chief Operating Officer, said: "Series three continues to give the UK public an insight into Eddie Stobart and the daily challenges our drivers face in the fast-paced logistics industry. Viewers will get behind the scenes, following some of the well-known drivers, as they make deliveries around the clock. There's some fantastic stories including our first-ever Stobart Fest, our first young apprentices taking to the road and my son Edd joining the company and making his first delivery for the Eddie Stobart company. But the cameras will also give the public an insight into other areas of the Stobart Group business including Biomass, Rail and the new developments at our London Southend Airport."
Keep up to date with all these stories and much more by tuning in to Channel 5 on Fridays at 8pm from 2 March, for eight weeks of the latest deliveries from Eddie Stobart: Trucks and Trailers.