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Marston's set to make TV debut tonight

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Rob Smyth

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STAFF at Burton brewing giant will today make their television debuts as part of a behind-the-scenes documentary.

Marston's brewery, in Shobnall Road, will feature in a new Channel 5 programme airing tonight at 8pm 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.

A spokesman for the firm said: "Narrated by Al Murray, this light-hearted hour-long reality show will air over three consecutive weeks and will showcase the many unsung heroes and heroines who work tirelessly behind the scenes across the country.

"If the viewing audience is large enough after the first show, more programmes will be commissioned by the channel – so all employees are being urged to tell colleagues, friends and family to tune in."

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 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 those from Burton appearing on screen are:

Graham Benford – fleet manager;

Jo Topping – supply chain administrator;

Simon Bradley and Chris Platt – fermentation department operatives; and

Jim Bligh – quality control manager.

Richard Westwood, managing director at 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 a love for their job."

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 and 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."

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