ITV is to air a one-off documentary looking at the work of industrial abseilers.

Don’t Look Down: Rope Men spent three months with industrial abseilers scaling iconic buildings such as Tower Bridge, Alexandra Palace (pictured below) and an 800ft high skyscraper in 118-degree heat in Dubai.

Abseiling is one of the UK’s fastest-growing businesses, viewed as a cheaper and greener alternative to scaffolding. Peacock was granted access to Avalon Abseiling, of Brentwood, Essex, one of the most successful new companies.

“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.” – Peacock Productions Managing Director, Steve Anderson.

The hour long programme is produced by a division of NBC News, Peacock Productions. The UK arm of the company has also made programmes on the trials of Oscar Pistorius and Amanda Knox for Discovery ID and the BBC.

Alexandra Palace ATV photo

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