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BBC working on a crane programme

The British Broadcasting Corporation – the BBC has confirmed that it is working on a ‘fly on the wall’ documentary about crane rental.

The programme entitled The Crane Gang will consist of at least three one hour programmes in which the camera team records the life and challenges of crane operators, managers and directors at Ainscough Crane Hire.

The ‘blurb’ for the programme is as follows:

“The Crane Gang takes a look at the changing industrial landscape of Britain through the gritty world of mobile cranes and their drivers. Granted unprecedented access to UK’s largest mobile crane operator, this new series follows a range of characters from the crane to the boardroom as they battle to keep everything running smoothly. These cranes are capable of lifting up to 1000 tonnes and are hired by the UK’s biggest industrial, construction and engineering companies as well as by the public.”

“With a national network of 30 crane hire depots and a massive fleet of over 500 cranes, the series will profile a diverse array of jobs from lifting massive wind turbines, bridges, boats as well as smaller jobs like hot-tubs and million pound sculptures.”

The series is directed by Rob McCabe; produced by Emma Love and executive produced by Jamie Isaacs for Avalon UK and by Clare Paterson for the BBC.

The programme is still filming and it is possible that a crew will be at Vertikal Days this week. We do not know yet when it will be broadcast, but will alert readers when we know.

The fact that the BBC was filming at Ainscough is not secret and a film crew can onto the Vertikal exhibition stand at Bauma earlier this year. This is though the first time that we have seen confirmation that it will be broadcast.