The Motorway

‘The Motorway is one of our new, hit shows that will come back next year.’ Ben Frow – Channel 5 Director of Programmes, Edinburgh Television Festival 2020

With exclusive access to Highways England, this 4 x 60’ observational documentary series goes behind the scenes and out on the road with a hidden workforce of men and women under daily pressure to keep the M1 moving.  From the high-tech control centres watching over the motorway the series reveals fast lane pile ups, medical emergencies and the very worst of British drivers on one of the world’s busiest motorways.


Ep 1 of The Motorway attracted 1.29m, roughly 300k above slot average. It also got a 5.8% share of 16-34 year olds, +2.19% on benchmark share for this age group.

Top 10 Programmes on Channel 5
(1) THE MOTORWAY – Channel 5 – 21:03, 000s: 1180.3, TVR: 1.95, Share: 6.1 (Primetime)


Channel 5 also put in an impressive 9pm performance to defeat BBC2 with the opening episode of Fearless Television’s THE MOTORWAY, which swerved to 1.3m (6.6%).

The four-parter sat comfortably atop the 960,000 (5.2%) slot average and was also ahead of last year’s one-off M1: The Motorway That Made Britain, which picked up 870,000 (5.2%) in a Wednesday 9pm slot.