TV presenter Dominic Littlewood, best known as a champion of consumer protection, has been spending recent months on the frontline with the UK’s essential workers for a new series that homes in on Hull tomorrow.
The new Dom Digs In programme began on Monday with Dominic highlighting the work of ferry operators Stena Line, while today’s show was focusing on both farm and factory to discover what it takes to fill out freezers with peas.
But tomorrow it is the turn of East Yorkshire (EY) buses and the essential service the bus company has been providing through the pandemic, as seen through Dom’s eyes as he gets hands-on with the transport operation.
The star of shows including Fake Britain, Cowboy Builders and Don’t Get Done, Get Dom, as well as Celebrity Masterchef 2020, Dom will be seen getting a taste of life on the buses, from the early morning shifts to a stint in the paint shop, for the episode that is due to air on BBC One at 11am on Wednesday, April 28.
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The channel’s trailer for the show says: “Dom’s working in Hull with the East Yorkshire bus company. Can he hack it alongside the men and women who work tirelessly to keep our most popular form of public transport moving?”
Claire Robinson, marketing manager EY, said viewers would need to tune in to see if Dom makes the grade as an EY “employee”, though she did hint at some questionable oil changes in the garage.
“Dom wanted to come and see our bus operation and we did behind-the-scenes filming with him, driving a bus – off-road of course – and a reversing exercise and driving a bus through the bus wash” said Claire, who explained that filming took place in December over about four days.
“He was with our engineers doing oil changes and in the paint shop, things like that and he also went out on some of our buses and chatted to passengers.”
Dom joined the 104 and 154 services out of Hull and back, according to Claire.
“People can try to spot themselves, as there was a support car following the buses to film,” she said.
“I think it’s a good thing the BBC are doing because they are showing what happens behind the scenes, people will get to see the engineers who work in the background and the people in the control room.
“It’s great that they are giving some recognition to these people and how hard they work. It’s also nice for Hull to get some recognition too.”
Dom Digs In is running for a total of ten episodes and will see the presenter also visiting a zoo, a water company and a vet’s as the series progresses.
Dom Digs In airs Monday to Friday, 11am, on BBC One or catch up on BBC iPlayer.