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26 August 2012

Tonights TV Highlights: BBC Two

9.00-10.00pm: Toughest Place To Be...A Ferryman (Ep 2/3)

The award-winning series returns, with three new episodes following British workers as they travel abroad to test their skills in some of the most challenging environments on earth. This week Colin Window, a bridge officer on the Woolwich ferry in east London, travels to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work as a ferryman on the Buringanga river.

More than 6,000 miles from the river Thames, the Buringanga is one of the most congested waterways in the world, rammed with small wooden passenger boats, barges, cargo ships and huge ferries. With the help of 76-year-old skipper Mr Loteef, Colin has just over a week to master a small wooden boat, or Sampan. Powered and steered by one oar, Colin learns to weave his way through the dense river traffic before ferrying passengers and goods during the rush hour, when an estimated 25,000 people cross the river.

Living and working with Mr Loteef he finds out what it is like for some of the poorest people on the planet. He stays in one of the city’s many slums, among people who often live on less than a pound a day; meets street children and take his life in his hands as he ventures out amongst the giant ferries and barges.


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