Ferrybridge Power Station to feature in new BBC TV show

Ferrybridge Power Station will feature in a new documentary about the challenges it faces to provide power to the nation.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 16th November 2015, 9:00 am
Ferrybridge 'C' Power Station. Picture James Hardisty.
Ferrybridge 'C' Power Station. Picture James Hardisty.

The three-part BBC series will give a behind the scenes insight into what it is like to work at one of largest energy plants in the UK.

Alistair Phillips-Davies, SSE chief executive, said: “Energy companies don’t win many popularity contests but we do play a crucial role building critical infrastructure and ensuring customers are happy. This is the side of SSE people rarely see.

“We provide an essential service to people so we have a duty to be open and help people understand us better. I am proud of everyone who works at SSE and these films are their story.”

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Blast! Films executive producer Alistair Pegg said: “Love them or loathe them we are all in the dark when it comes to what the Big Six really do.

“We found a secret army; from linesmen to call centre staff who are under constant daily pressure to bring us the power we all need.

“Energy companies are under fire from all sides, yet we have no idea how power is made and gets to our homes. SSE let us go behind the scenes and people can now judge them for themselves.”

The series will be shown on BBC4 from Tuesday, November 17 over three consecutive weeks.

Episode one features Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal-fired power station and the recently completed Ferrybridge Multifuel plant.

Site operators SSE announced the plant will close by the end of March 2016 due to rising costs and new environmental legislation.

Unions say there will be 400 people put out of work.