Truckers is about trucking. Obviously.

Well, maybe...

It’s about trucking in the way that Common As Muck was about dustmen or Made In Dagenham about the Ford motor industry. What I mean is: everything I write explores a central theme or question.

In Common As Muck it was, “What is the nature of dirt?” In Dagenham it was, “Rights versus privileges.”

And in Truckers, while we are very much embroiled in the lives and loves of a group of people who earn a living in the haulage business, what the show is really about, I think, is isolation.

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The fact that at a time when we seem to be so infinitely connected through PCs, smart phones, tablets and the myriad social networks which utilise these devices, as well as the innumerable lifestyle magazines, blogs and TV shows which are all designed to help us get on board with modern trends and values, we are actually never more alone.

Moving through time and space in a society of one. In fact, the very connectivity of modern living encourages us to go solo and then share those single experiences.

However, the overall effect of this kind of lifestyle is to remove us from direct and shared intercourse with those around us.

And in Truckers it occurred to me, I had a wonderful metaphor for exactly that way of life, of people connected but alone.

That theme of disconnection is further explored in the individual episode plots. For example, Malachi’s story in episode one is really one of awakening. 

A man who awakens to the fact that he has taken his marriage for granted, seeing it as just one more of the many things which constitute his nomadic, easy come, easy go lifestyle but which, in fact, should have been his rock and corner stone.

Malachi asks Sue to take him back but is it too little, too late?

That it has not been, has, ultimately, caused him to face an extremely solitary future.

In episode four, Wendy comes to understand that she has been isolated by the idea of blame (are we not, an ever more litigious world?) in that her inability not to blame herself for the breakup of her childhood home, has completely blighted her life.

Of course, I should say at this point that Truckers is a comedy and the show is designed to make you laugh, too!

But I think humour is the emollient which allows the absorption of extremely profound ideas, without which some people baulk and simply will not enter the debate.

Therefore, if all goes as I hope this week, when Truckers transmits my audience will laugh and chuckle and then ask: “Hang on...is that me? Am I one of those isolated people? Am I spinning solo, stuck on the edges of society when, if I just lived literally, rather than virtually, tasted salt and sweat a bit more, I might re-connect with what it is to be human?”

William Ivory is the writer of Truckers.

Truckers starts on Thursday, 10 October at 9pm on BBC One and BBC One HD. For further programme times please see the episode guide.

Comments made by writers on the BBC TV blog are their own opinions and not necessarily those of the BBC. 

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  • Comment number 42. Posted by elbowdown

    on 7 Jan 2014 16:05

    Just watched Truckers over the last 3 days. It had been sat in our Sky planner since November.. Should have watched it a long time ago as we absolutely loved it! Everything about it!

    Need more though. Surely there is more to come from these characters? Is a 2nd series a possibility?

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  • Comment number 41. Posted by Lindymc

    on 21 Nov 2013 22:02

    Really enjoyed this - when is the next series due ???

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  • Comment number 40. Posted by KLB Nottingham

    on 13 Nov 2013 21:24

    William, I love everything you do but this was the best! I was in town the day of filming the "leopard print thong" scene and wondered what was going on!! If I'd have left The Thurland 5 minutes earlier I dread to think what I would have seen! I thought the characters were believable and down to earth. The dialogue was spot on for Nottm, fast and honest. I find some programmes too scripted if that makes sense; you speak, a pause, and then I'll speak. You've got squabbling, banter and interrupting each other down to a fine art!. Spotting places I grew up just added to the whole experience. Thank you and here's hoping there'll be second series....!

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  • Comment number 39. Posted by Welsh hammer

    on 10 Nov 2013 16:48

    Great series William brought back a lot of memories of the camaraderie we all had in the yard. I started as a trucker in a 7.5t as soon after leaving school as I could and came off the road
    6 months ago I'm 42 now and have lost my licence to bi-polar disorder maybe this is a subject you could address in future episodes. Once again loved the show and hope it will be released on blu ray. PS I'm one of those truckers who took there break whilst tipping tut tut.

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  • Comment number 38. Posted by Peter

    on 9 Nov 2013 10:15

    Episodes two and three were definitely the best and most moving - Martin seeing his wife and father for what they were. Disappointed that the series was so short - plenty of scope for more soon ??

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  • Comment number 37. Posted by chilwellian

    on 8 Nov 2013 23:41

    I appreciate that as a local I may be biased as to the quality of the programme, but having watched all five episodes I consider that this series has been something special. Much of the acting had rather a raw appeal. Lets not be too picky on authenticity, lets try to be entertained and emotionally stimulated. I look forward hopefully to a further series.

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  • Comment number 36. Posted by Ann Lloyd

    on 8 Nov 2013 09:31

    Brilliant writing, loved what I saw of the series, Will look out for William Ivory in future.

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  • Comment number 35. Posted by rcp1956

    on 8 Nov 2013 06:53

    I too have never commented on a television programme. But I enjoyed Truckers so much and just wanted to say thank you. The characters were all so totally real. Amazing. Wendy and Martin, especially were great.

    Will there be another series? Would love to know how things progress for them all.

    Thank you.

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  • Comment number 34. Posted by sds1973

    on 7 Nov 2013 23:20

    I'm not a trucker so am not qualified to comment on tachographs(!) but can appreciate artistic license so for the first time ever have felt motivated to comment. I have enjoyed the series more than anything else for years. It has worked for me on multiple levels and I just wanted to say thank you to William and all involved for a fantastically written and acted piece of work, week after week. Thank you.

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  • Comment number 33. Posted by Pauline

    on 2 Nov 2013 23:01

    'Hang on...is that me?' That's what you aimed for, and that's what you got. Episode 4. That mother was my mother, it grieves me to say, and Wendy's shoring up her heart against further maternal 'attacks' is how I lived my life until my mother died. How did you do that? How did you know so exactly that that's how it works for some people, that's what their mothers do to them, that's how they feel about it and that's how they react?

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