Channel 4 has commissioned London/Glasgow indie Rogan Productions to deliver a new Current Affairs special.

The Great British Truck Up (w/t) explores what it takes to become an HGV driver in a Britain that’s desperate for more. Following the journeys of hopeful drivers from across the country, viewers will witness the difficulties currently being faced by learners, training centres and logistics companies that mean the UK is grinding to a halt.

As the government has announced new plans to get an extra 30,000 HGV drivers on the road by Christmas, driving schools are now under more pressure than ever to get their learners over the line. Analysing just how hard it is to get onto the path to even take the test, the show will test whether the government’s response to the driver shortage is working in time, to keep Christmas on track.

Sandy Smith, Executive Producer said: “Everyone remembers Driving School. This is lorry driving school with Christmas and a lot more riding on it. Viewers will be cheering the candidates on as they wrestle with low bridges, 3 point turns and a bundle of preconceptions about what makes a lorry driver in 2021.” 

The film was ordered by Adam Vandermark, Channel 4 Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs.


Jon Creamer

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