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ITV commissions new documentary Rope Men from Peacock Productions UK

Published: Thu 01 Oct 2015

ITV commissions new documentary Rope Men from Peacock Productions UK
 
Peacock Productions UK has been commissioned by ITV to profile one of Britain’s most spectacular jobs, it was announced today.
 
Don’t Look Down: Rope Men spends three months with industrial abseilers scaling iconic buildings such as Tower Bridge, Alexandra Palace and an 800ft high skyscraper in 118-degree heat in Dubai.
 
Abseiling is one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses, viewed as a cheaper and greener alternative to scaffolding. Peacock was granted access to Avalon Abseiling, of Brentwood, Essex, one of the most successful new companies.
 
“We fitted the abseilers with personal cameras and used drones and helicopters to fully capture the drama of their work,” says Peacock UK’s Managing Director, Steve Anderson. 
 
“What we didn’t expect was to be filming with the rope men when they were attacked by seagulls protecting their chicks on the ledge of a tall building in Plymouth. The heat in Dubai was also difficult to cope with, particularly when the job went wrong and was very nearly abandoned.”
 
Ordered by Andrew O’Connell, Commissioning Editor of ITV Factual and Richard Klein Director of Factual, the 1 x 60’ programme is produced and directed by Blake McGrow; the executive producers are Dean Palmer and Steve Anderson. 
 
Peacock UK is part of Peacock Productions, a division of NBC News. The UK company has also made programmes on the trials of Oscar Pistorius and Amanda Knox for Discovery ID and the BBC.