NEW TV PROJECT - David Tennant Narrates Don't Look Down: Rope Men



David Tennant will narrate a new hour-long documentary on ITV on Tuesday 7th June. Don't Look Down: Rope Men profiles those fearless workers with heads for heights: industrial abseilers.


Abseiling is one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses, viewed as a cheaper and greener alternative to scaffolding. The programme follows the staff of Brentwood based Avalon Abseiling across three months as they tackle jobs in London, Plymouth and Dubai.

Don't Look Down: Rope Men
Tuesday 7th June
8.00pm BST, ITV
A look at the spectacular sights and extraordinary experiences of one of Britain's most dangerous jobs - industrial abseiling. At the top of Tower Bridge, Alexandra Palace and a Dubai skyscraper, the difference between life and death is just one strong rope. Wearing personal mini-cameras, a specialist team scales the heights, including footage of being suspended 800ft high in 118-degree heat. Meanwhile in Plymouth, the workers have to deal with other problems, namely a protective mother seagull defending her nest of chicks.

Produced and directed by Blake McGrow
Narrator: David Tennant

Watch a trailer here:




Peacock Productions UK, a division of NBC news, are behind the documentary which was commissioned by ITV last year. Their managing director Steve Anderson explained, “We fitted the abseilers with personal cameras and used drones and helicopters to fully capture the drama of their work. What we didn’t expect was to be filming with the rope men when they were attacked by seagulls protecting their chicks on the ledge of a tall building in Plymouth. The heat in Dubai was also difficult to cope with, particularly when the job went wrong and was very nearly abandoned.”

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