Infotainment channel Discovery Channel will kick off on 9
September a ten-part series of 'Coal' every Sunday at 7 pm.
show will go underground to explore the workings of a modern
coalmine and meet the people who undertake the potentially
lethal, complex task of extracting this vital natural resource.
aspect of the job will be covered, from the dangers behind
the super-charged explosions needed to open surface mines,
to the well-publicised daily dangers of working in the dark
recesses of the earth's crust in a traditional shaft mine.
South Asia senior VP, GM Rahul Johri said, "Discovery
Channels series 'Coal' will explore the daily lives
and the communities spawned by an industry that's been around
miners work long shifts, often hunched over - the size of
the mine limited to the size of the coal seam, some as small
as 32 inches. Men toil in cramped spaces doing a job their
fathers and grandfathers did before them. At any moment a
pillar could collapse, the makeshift roof could cave-in, or
trapped methane gas could cause an explosion killing everyone
in the mine.
episode will feature different members of the crew. From the
workers at the mine, to the shift bosses who oversee the whole
operation, the series will focus on both their work and personal
lives. The series will delve into the lives of workers - the
mine operators, who do the actual drilling; the roof bolters,
who reinforce the top' after each cutting away of the
coal; the buggy runners, who haul away the load; and the scoopers,
who pick up the excess.
programme will also feature some of the first coalmines that
existed in the 1800s, towns sprung up and thrived creating
a culture of coalminers that still exists today.