Highway Thru Hell

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Highway Thru Hell
GenreDocumentary, reality
Created byMark A. Miller, Kevin Mills, and Neil Thomas Great Pacific Television
StarringJamie Davis
Colin McLean
Al Quiring
Gord Boyd
Cary Quiring
Jason Davis
Chris Mervyn
Dylan Greenwood
Ken Duperon
Narrated byDavid Pettitt
Composer(s)Mark A. Miller and Paul Airey
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes93 + 8 Reloads
Production
Production location(s)Hope, British Columbia, Canada
Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada
Running time43–44 minutes
Release
Original networkDiscovery Channel Canada (September 2012-present)
Discovery Channel (Spring 2012-October 2013)
The Weather Channel (October 2013-present)
National Geographic (2012-present)
National Geographic Channel (UK and Ireland) (2013-present)
TV3 (New Zealand) (2015-present)
ABC2(2016-present)
National Geographic Channel (Scandinavia) (2013-present)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 4, 2012 –
Present
Chronology
Related showsHeavy Rescue: 401
External links
Highway Thru Hell
Great Pacific TV

Highway Thru Hell is a Canadian reality TV show that follows the operations of Jamie Davis Motor Trucking, a heavy vehicle rescue and recovery towing company based in Hope, British Columbia. Quiring Towing, Aggressive Towing and Mission Towing are also big players in the series. [1] The show focuses on the hardships of operating along the highways of the BC Interior, especially the Coquihalla Highway (Coq).

History[edit]

The show was created by Mark A. Miller, Kevin Mills and Neil Thomas. Neil Thomas met one of Jamie Davis' heavy rescue operators after his moving truck broke down on Highway 5 in the summer of 2010. In the early winter of 2011 Cameraman Kevin Mills and executive producer Mark Miller were passing through Hope, BC and dropped in on Jamie Davis Motor Truck. The idea of a show about heavy recovery was discussed; Davis expressed a desire to change the public's perceptions about his industry. The winter of 2010-2011 had been a record setting season for JDMT. The show debuted on Discovery Channel (Canada) on Tuesday 4 September 2012 in Canada.[2] Steep hills, lethal drop-offs, killer rockslides, and the worst weather in a decade captivated audiences, with Highway Thru Hell ranking as the #1 series premiere in Discovery Channel Canada's history. Its second season, premiered on September 3, 2013, and featured 13 episodes as well as four reloaded episodes with new content, factoids and viewer tweets.

At the end of Season 2, Jamie Davis sought out new territory, expanding his business along Alberta Highway 63[3] as competition in Hope, B.C. became more intense.

In Season 3 Jamie Davis is seen dealing with the growing pains of business expansion, especially as senior drivers step into managerial roles in his absence, often leaving chaos in their wake.

Filming occurred during the winter season of 2014 - 2015 in all BC and Alberta locations for Season 4, as Davis' company is split into two teams. Al Quiring's family business, Quiring Towing, features more prominently this fourth season.

Season 5 of Highway Thru Hell aired on Discovery Canada beginning on September 13, 2016.

In season 6, Jamie Davis Towing closed the Alberta offices and began operating out of Hope, Surrey and Chilliwack, BC. The vintage 22 ton, Holmes Python joined Jamie’s team.

Season 7 began airing September 4, 2018. At Davis’ yard in Hope, B.C., Classic Holmes tow trucks – some nearly half a century old – are replacing newer, costlier wreckers. For Davis, the vintage trucks are more than just a passion – they represent survival. Under pressure to reduce costs and stay competitive, Davis is confident this winter he and his crew can tackle some of the toughest jobs – on and off the Coquihalla Highway – using an older, rebuilt fleet.

After rolling out of his garage at the end of last winter, “Mighty Mo”, the restored Holmes 850, 40-ton wrecker, known as the most powerful of its day will need to shoulder the biggest jobs as Davis prepares to sell his last modern truck, 50 ton HR116. Colin McLean is back in Hope as lead driver. But having run some of the top-of-the-line hydraulic trucks, Davis’ “old iron” is going to take some getting used to.

Equipment[edit]

The crew uses Toyota Tundras as their main full-sized pickup trucks (IR104-106), with heavy support from Toyota Canada.

Trucks[edit]

  • MR 43 Peterbilt
  • Truck #47 Holmes 500, 10 ton
  • IR104 (Incident Response) pickup truck
  • IR105
  • IR106
  • 108 4-wheel drive
  • IR114 Kenworth deck truck
  • R120 (Rescue)
  • MR50 (Army Truck) Holmes 600
  • FD121
  • TR-57
  • Holmes 1601 Python, 22 ton
  • HR 50 Holmes 750, 25 ton - Bruce "Crazy Horse" Hardy's Former Truck
  • HR 63 Mighty Mo Western Star Holmes 850 40 ton
  • HR 64 Holmes 750, 25 ton
  • HR 70 Holmes 1801 45 ton GMC "The General"
  • HR 126, 25 ton Vulcan
  • HR 127 2019 Mack, 30 ton Century 5230

Former[edit]

Previous trucks include HR116 which had a 50-ton capacity and HR117 which was a tri-drive 50-ton wrecker with side puller (SP 850-XP). HR116, HR150 and HR117 were all Western Star Trucks and built by Miller Industries.

  • Truck #44 (Used for parts)
  • HR 52 (Kenworth T800) [Sold to Tonk's Towing in Richmond B.C Buying back]
  • MR 62 Holmes 600
  • MR 64
  • HR 66 International 25 ton
  • HR 68 [Sold to Val-U Auto & Towing in Owego, New York]
  • HR 116 2015 Western Star 50 Ton Century 9055 (Sold to Reliable Towing Merritt, BC)
  • HR 117 2015 Western Star 50 Ton Century 9055 with SP-850 XP side puller - [Sold to Berg's Towing in Monmouth, IL]
  • HR 150 #1 (Peterbilt) [Sold to United Towing Services Inc in Canmore, AB
  • HR 150 #2 2012 Western Star Century 1075 75 ton rotator- The Famous Rotator [Sold to Berg's Towing in Monmouth, IL]
  • FD54
  • HU55
  • AC103
  • FD45
  • IR109

Internationally[edit]

The first season aired on National Geographic Channel in the United States and Norway in spring 2013.[4] The Weather Channel began airing the show in October 2013. The first two seasons have been shown on National Geographic Channel (UK and Ireland). As of Spring 2017, series 1-5 are available in some Netflix territories.[5]

In 2015, TV3 screened the first series in New Zealand and in France on RMC Découverte. In 2016, ABC2 in Australia screened the first three series.

Since 14 March 2015 ProSieben Maxx has been broadcasting the programme under the title Highway Heroes Canada in Germany. [6]

in France the Free Channel RMC Découverte is broadcasting the show.

Episodes[edit]

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Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale
1 10 September 4, 2012 December 25, 2012
2 13 September 3, 2013 November 19, 2013
3 13 September 2, 2014 November 25, 2014
4 13 September 8, 2015 December 1, 2015
5 13 September 13, 2016 December 6, 2016
6 14 September 5, 2017 December 4, 2017
7 17 September 4, 2018 December 25, 2018

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alex Strachan (September 7, 2013). "TV weekend: Boardwalk Empire back for Season 4; Highway Thru Hell storms in with Season 2 (with video)". O Canada. Canada.com. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  2. ^ John Doyle (Sep 4, 2012). "Highway Thru Hell: tough, but Canadian-style tough". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  3. ^ Edmonton Journal (November 9, 2013). "Highway Thru Hell takes a spin on Highway 63". University of Alberta. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Global Showbiz Briefs: Nat Geo Channel Picks Up 'Highway Thru Hell', Al Clark Honored, Jackie Chan, Berlin Film Festival". Deadline Hollywood. November 20, 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Netflix availability".
  6. ^ "ProSiebenn Maxx Showpage".
  7. ^ Highway through Hell

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