Funny, moving and at times painful - Truckers tells stories of real life, and ordinary people pushed to extremes. In each episode one character undertakes a journey and we are along for the ride. In an age when technology would make us seem ever more connected, the series uses the truck driver, alone in his cab, as a way to explore how isolated we can become within modern society and the importance of real human connection. These are powerful, moving stories, but the tone is always joyous and each story is one of redemption.
The first episode of the series begins with Malachi trying to accept his marriage has ended, especially when he interrupts his ex-wife having a culinary-themed affair with her new fiancé. After some soul searching and help from his son, he comes to terms with the break up in his own inimitable way.
Trying to create a new life isn’t easy, especially when the new boss Martin, old enough to be his son, is revolutionising the working day with a new advanced telemetrics system and revised rosters designed to increase productivity. The other truckers Wendy, Steven and Malachi’s son Glen are equally unimpressed with the new system – with the transport manager Michelle Martin’s only source of support.
Glen decides the best way to turn the situation around is a night out in Nottingham, which Malachi duly accepts. Far from making the situation better, Malachi’s introspection grows and the rest of the team can only watch the aftermath.
Malachi is played by Stephen Tompkinson, Glen is played by Harry Treadaway, Steven is played by Ashley Walters, Martin is played by John Dagleish, Wendy is played by Sian Breckin, Michelle is played by Jenn Murray.
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