Real truckies to star on television


Australia’s truckies will finally be seen in a positive light when Outback Truckers makes its television premiere on October 20

Real truckies to star on television
Real truckies to star on television
By Greg Bush | October 8, 2012

Western Australian film production company Prospero Productions has announced that the first episode of its TV series, Outback Truckers, will go to air on the Seven Network’s digital channel 7Mate on October
20 at 6.30pm.

In contrast to Australia’s current affairs programs’ usual negative portrayal of truck drivers, Outback Truckers offers a behind-the-scenes look through the eyes of the men and women travelling Australia’s remote highways.

According to Prospero Productions, Outback Truckers reveals the true blue heart and soul of Aussie trucking.

Some of the real life characters include Mark King, who hauls a 100 tonne load in conditions so scorching that the roads melt beneath his wheels. Then there’s veteran truckie Steve Grahame, delivering essential supplies to a remote community through atrocious weather conditions.

Former model Deb Drew now handles an 80 tonne rig but manages to attract some unwanted attention from the law, while Dougal Brett is seen hauling 1,500 head of cattle to a market 3,000km away.

Cat Trucks Managing Director Bill Fulton says Prospero Productions approached the company last year to discuss the concept of delivering a reality view highlighting the importance of the trucking industry.

In conjunction with its dealer network, Cat Trucks agreed to support the project.

"The program is raw reality," Fulton says. "It shows these professional truck drivers in their genuine work environment operating in challenging conditions to deliver the goods for their customers. There is no glitz, no glamour, just the real challenges faced day in and day out with truck drivers all over Australia."

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