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Marston's set to appear in Channel 5 documentary

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 01, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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A NEW documentary will take a look behind the scenes at a Burton brewing giant.

Marston's brewery, in Shobnall Road, is set to feature in a new Channel 5 programme airing in September called One Ale Of A Job, narrated by Al Murray 'The Pub Landlord'.

The three-part series, produced by Shine TV, follows the men and women of Marston's as they go about their everyday business.

Richard Westwood, managing director for Marston's, said: "Our team thoroughly enjoyed being part of the programme-making process earlier this year.

"The end result offers some entertaining insights into the workings of our industry and the unsung heroes who just get on with their work with humour, expertise and an overriding love for their job."

From the hop growers to the brewers, the bottlers and the people who work in the pubs, this series will show a 360-degree portrait of a Marston's brewery and the people who work hard to keep Britain's pubs pulling pints.

Marston's has 14,000 staff, five breweries and 13 distribution centres across the length and breadth of Britain.

Among the people appearing from Burton are:

Graham Benford - fleet manager;

Jo Topping - supply chain administrator;

Simon Bradley and Chris Platt - fermentation department operatives;

Jim Bligh - quality control manager

Described in the programme as an 'iconic company', Marston's dates back as far as 1834 and is a bastion of British beer production known across the globe.

Today it is the fastest-growing brewery in the UK with ties to all four corners of the country, creating distinctive regional flavours.

Lorna-Dawn Creanor, executive producer at Shine TV, said: "Making beer and running a brewery is a fascinating process, add into the mix entertaining and charismatic characters and you have a recipe for must see TV."

Greg Barnett, commissioning editor for entertainment, daytime and soaps at Channel 5, said: "The men and women we follow in this new series do everything they do out of passion for the perfect pint.

"There's a terrific mix of characters, stories, facts and fun and I very much hope viewers develop a taste for it."

The series is set to air from 8pm on Friday, September 5 – however this is subject to change.

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