Pickfords Removals Birmingham driver Brian Da Costa and vehicle number 6739 were lent out for three days of filming on the set of the new ‘Spooks’ film, ‘The Greater Good’.
Filming on Coventry’s ring road, our truck formed part of a four-lane traffic build-up as part of a dramatic terrorist scene in which actress Tuppence Middleton is hijacked at gun point by terrorists on motorbikes!
Of course we don’t know how much of Brian and our van will be shown in the final film, but we did track down a press photo with our truck in the background (above).
Based on the hit TV series, ‘Spooks: The Greater Good’ will be in cinemas from April 2015.
Pickfords the UK’s largest moving and storage Company, will be featured in the second series of The Removal Men, which will air on Channel 5 on Wednesday 24th October at 8pm
In Series Two, Pickfords crews from across the country help their customers meet the challenges of move day including: a hoarder who won’t let go of their property, a move that falls through twice in a row, a 20ft Triceratops moving from its museum for a makeover, a move from a haunted hotel and a young family moving from their house on a hilltop.
Russell Start, Managing Director of Pickfords, said: “It’s great to be back on the airwaves again and in the forthcoming series of The Removal Men, we hope that viewers will get a real insight into the variety of challenges that moving home presents to both our customers and clients and our removals crews”.
Meet the Pickfords team who worked on the series at www.pickfords.co.uk/meet-the-crew
Pickfords, the UK’s largest removal and storage company, stopped the traffic in Dorchester to help move a life-sized dinosaur model earlier this month.
Tricky the Triceratops is a long term resident of the Dinosaur Museum in Icen Way, Dorchester. Owners Mike and Jackie Ridley decided that Tricky was showing signs of age and needed a makeover. The work could not be carried out on site, so Tricky had to be moved to a workshop where the model could be cleaned and repainted.
Pickfords was called in to move Tricky from the museum, via crane onto a flat bed vehicle, ready to be driven to the workshop. It took four men to move the model and one to watch the fragile tail as the large dinosaur inched past telephone wires and metal railings. The road had to be closed and crowds gathered to watch Tricky ‘hang’ in the air briefly, prior to resting safely on the vehicle.
The whole move was filmed as part of Channel 5’s new series of The Removal Men, a fly-on-the-wall documentary about Pickfords and its customers.
Curator Tim Batty said ‘Pickfords was keen to help and thought that the move would be ideal for the TV programme. Tricky will be returning after a few weeks with a new finish to take pride of place in the Dinosaur Museum’s outside area. The triceratops will be away from the museum for as short a time as possible, as he is a firm favourite with visitors to the Museum and local families who pass by on a regular basis.’
A new series of ‘The Removal Men: Pickfords’ is being planned and Pickfords is searching for customers who would like to take part in Series Two.
The last series followed Pickfords’ removal teams as they helped their customers through the rigours of move day. We are planning to film between November and February and are on the look out for customers who would like to take part. So, if you would like to take part in filming the next series of ‘The Removal Men:Pickfords’ you can find out more and see some examples of episodes of the programme on the Pickfords website. Telephone Pickfords on 0203 188 2632 to discuss the possibilities!
Very exciting news this week!
Pickfords is to feature in an observational documentary series about moving home.
‘The Removal Men: Pickfords’ is a new documentary series which gives a fascinating insight into the work of Pickfords’ removal teams as they go about the process of helping people move home. The series, filmed by TV production company Tiger Aspect, follows Pickfords’ customers making the transition to new homes and new lifestyles. The series also features the characters and day to day exploits of the men (and women) who help these couples, families and organizations through the stress of move day.
The series follows a variety of moving stories, from a family moving just 76 yards up the road to the couple leaving England to drive across the African Continent in a customized motor home. Featured Pickfords’ removal men include the Horsham team as they face a 24 hour trek across France and the Mitcham team who are faced with packing a 345 million year old fossil. The series deals with the every day challenges of move day, including the Maidstone crew who have to tackle the movement of hundreds of invaluable hospital specimens and the Truro team who utilise a helicopter when they move a family to the Scilly Isles.
Filming took place over a very tight eight week period and Pickfords crews from Maidstone, Leicester, Horsham, Enfield, Birmingham, York, Swindon, Edinburgh, Chelmsford, Bournemouth, Bath, Truro, Belfast, Milton Keynes and Wembley took part. Many thanks to all our colleagues that stepped up to take part.
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The first episode will be broadcast on Wednesday at 8pm on Channel 5.