How Bolton is becoming a reality TV star

Lewis O'Boyle in action in Scrappers on BBC1

Helen Wood in Big Brother

First published in News

IT was hard to escape Bolton on the television on Friday night.

As Helen Wood won Big Brother, Scrappers — a fly on the wall documentary following the lives of workers at Bolton scrapyard Metro Salvage — continued on BBC One.

The episode saw “lovable rogue” Lewis O’Boyle get in trouble with the law, while scrapyard boss Terry Walker organised a family fun day to boost the profile of his business.

The show has even been compared to Peter Kay’s Phoenix Nights because of its down-to-earth, larger-than-life Bolton characters.

Over on Channel 4, Harwood football coach Ryan Hardwidge struggled to impress the public on the Singer Takes It All.

The 27-year-old former Thornleigh pupil belted out hit song Pompeii — by English rock band Bastille.

But reaction from the audience was mixed and he only made it into the “gold zone” for a few seconds, failing to beat popular contestant Steve Dorset.

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4:20pm Mon 18 Aug 14

The bluetooth. says...

Metro salvages parts are too expensive compared to his local competitor. You could actually buy the part brand new for a few pounds more. If he doesnt slash his prices then that business is going to down quicker than the titanic.
Metro salvages parts are too expensive compared to his local competitor. You could actually buy the part brand new for a few pounds more. If he doesnt slash his prices then that business is going to down quicker than the titanic. The bluetooth.
  • Score: 14

4:27pm Mon 18 Aug 14

bandit14 says...

Its better to see the scrapyard antics of these guys than to see that ratbag prostitute helen loves the wood
Its better to see the scrapyard antics of these guys than to see that ratbag prostitute helen loves the wood bandit14
  • Score: 13

7:45pm Mon 18 Aug 14

wsw69 says...

Well, from one being the local prossy on Big Brother to the other collective of dimwits, scallys and ex-cons. People watching from other parts of the UK must think 'Bolton, what a f**king awful place full of awful people'.

Well they would be right to a degree.

The less we see of Helen 'I'm Bolton's Number One Whore' Wood, the better.
Well, from one being the local prossy on Big Brother to the other collective of dimwits, scallys and ex-cons. People watching from other parts of the UK must think 'Bolton, what a f**king awful place full of awful people'. Well they would be right to a degree. The less we see of Helen 'I'm Bolton's Number One Whore' Wood, the better. wsw69
  • Score: 34

8:08pm Mon 18 Aug 14

catsden says...

bandit14 wrote:
Its better to see the scrapyard antics of these guys than to see that ratbag prostitute helen loves the wood
Well said bandit 14 I agree. Rather watch the Scrappers than that common Helen slapper.
[quote][p][bold]bandit14[/bold] wrote: Its better to see the scrapyard antics of these guys than to see that ratbag prostitute helen loves the wood[/p][/quote]Well said bandit 14 I agree. Rather watch the Scrappers than that common Helen slapper. catsden
  • Score: 11

11:34am Tue 19 Aug 14

Changeit! says...

So what had he done to get in trouble? Did it show him sniffing drugs in pub toilets? Or did they not film that bit?
So what had he done to get in trouble? Did it show him sniffing drugs in pub toilets? Or did they not film that bit? Changeit!
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Donkey Stone says...

One mans "loveable rogue" is another mans scrote.
One mans "loveable rogue" is another mans scrote. Donkey Stone
  • Score: 4

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