Wigan filth-buster Tracey stars in TV show

The Wigan boss of a crack team of filth-busters is starring in the second series of Sewermen which celebrates the everyday heroes keeping our taps flowing and our toilets flushing.
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Tracey McGovern

Often funny, sometimes shocking but always enlightening, the second series of Sewermen launches on Thursday May 14 at 9pm on Paramount Network and continues at the same time each week.

Filmed by production company, Label1 TV, the brains behind the BBC’s award-winning documentary series Hospital, Sewermen gets down and dirty with the hard-working folk from the North West’s regional water and wastewater firm, United Utilities.

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For filth aficionados there’s lots of fun and games with the firms’ “poo patrol” poking through our drains to clear blockages and stop sewer flooding.

Among the shows stars is filth-buster boss, Tracey McGovern, who features in the show with her team of specially-trained filth-busters.

These brave guys and girls travel the region cleaning some of the dirtiest and trickiest sewers and tanks so that they’re fit to fight another day.

The 54-year-old from Hindley, who works for United Utilities, found working on the Sewermen series nerve-wracking yet exciting.

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She said: “I was worried about saying the wrong thing, saying too much or not saying enough.

“But the film crews were brilliant, they really tried to put you at ease and make the experience as enjoyable as possible.

“They made you feel like you were doing a great job and they seemed genuinely interested in the work we do.

“I spent two days out filming with two different film crews on two different jobs.

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“I loved it. It was fun and interesting to see how they put the show together.”

United Utilities’ customer services director Louise Beardmore said: “This show is a window into our world and shines a light on the essential service we provide.

“It’s a great opportunity for people to see what we do every day.

“Water company staff are among the army of key workers making sure the UK continues to have the vital services it needs during the current COVID-19 crisis.

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“Thousands of our people continue to be out on the UK’s streets carrying out critical maintenance, laying new pipes, finding and fixing leaks and unblocking sewers.”

Label1 Series Editor, Helen White, said: “We were privileged to capture a second series of Sewermen following the everyday heroes at United Utilities.

“We’ve filmed more great stories this year from technicians battling blocked drains to engineers tackling burst pipes and huge engineering projects. We’d like to say a heartfelt thank you to all staff and customers who took part in or helped with filming.”

The Paramount Network can be found on Freeview Channel 31, Freesat 132 and Sky 150.

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