United Utilities man from Darwen takes leading role in new BBC documentary (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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United Utilities man from Darwen takes leading role in new BBC documentary
A SEWER worker from Darwen is set to star in a new ‘warts and all’ TV documentary about staff at water company United Utilities.
Camera crews followed Adrian Booth for several weeks as he went unblocking drains and sewers around the North West last summer — even filming him driving home in just his boxer shorts after a particularly mucky job.
The first episode of Watermen: A Dirty Business will be broadcast on BBC Two tomorrow.
Adrian, who once lifted up a manhole at an abattoir to find dozens of floating eyeballs, said he and his ‘partner in grime’ Wes Odell found the experience daunting at first, but they gradually got used to the cameras and started enjoying being filmed.
The 37-year-old joked: “I did sort of volunteer for it, but I got stiched up royally by my line manager who had sent out a blanket email asking if anyone wanted to be filmed.
“I said I’d do it if no one else came forward but, within two minutes, they’d set up a meeting with me and it was all decided.
“When the filming started I found it a bit intrusive and worried that I was putting myself out there for criticism, but after a while it became more natural.
“United Utilities allowed it to be shot with warts and all and didn’t have any editing rights, but we were shown the first episode last week and it’s all been shot quite sensitively and I think it comes across well.”
Adrian lives in Baron Street with his wife Sarah and young children Harrison and Emily, who often make him take his dirty clothes off outside when he gets back from work.
He added: “There’s one episode where I get very muck-ed up and strip down to my underpants before driving home, but I was probably playing up for the cameras a bit too.”
Hannah Wyatt, executive producer of Mentorn Media, which made the series, said: “Without clean water we couldn’t survive.
“It’s easy to think it just falls from the sky and someone collects it but, in fact, it’s a huge and complex operation from customer services to ground- breaking engineering projects.
“The series goes behind-the-scenes of this process and meets the unsung heroes who keep our taps flowing.”
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