AN AMBITIOUS young bricklayer from Rugby is set to make her TV debut in a BBC Three documentary which starts tonight (Thursday April 14).
Molly Davies, 23, is one of the stars of Brickies, a new six-part series showing the people building Britain’s homes.
A self-proclaimed ‘loud-mouthed bricky with hair extensions and fake eyelashes’, Molly features in episodes three and four of the series, which promises ‘laughter, tears, friendship fallouts and relationship struggles’ as the cameras follow male and female brickies on and off site.
Molly, who says she is the life and soul of wherever she goes, has been working on building sites since college and has aspirations to go on to a senior role in construction.
She describes herself as a ‘serial dater’ – but lives by her strict rule of not getting involved with people she works with. But, despite working in a male-dominated industry, she says she can keep up with the banter.
The show follows brickies at all levels of experience – from apprentices getting to grips with their new world, to experienced bosses working under pressure to tight deadlines – while they navigate staffing setbacks and material shortages.
The young grafters will be shown striving to turn their lives around with new cars and homes, often while supporting their families, while working on sites in Stoke-on-Trent, Northampton and Derbyshire.
Molly’s fellow female bricklayer on the show Jeorgia Purser, 23, said: “I want to be physical and do the hard work just as much as the men do. Everyone has been so supportive and I’ve never felt out of place on site.
“It’s such a rewarding job and I would highly recommend other females take up bricklaying as a career path.”
Ian Hodgkinson, managing director at a local building company, says: “It’s about showing the skills and talents of the exceptional young people in our industry, and how they all have the potential for a great career.
“During this series, we see the sense of achievement experienced by young people building their own dreams at the same time as literally building dreams for other people.”
Aisling O’Connor, Head of TV Commissioning for BBC England, says: “Our aim has been to tell real stories from across England in new ways so our audiences see themselves and their lives reflected on screen.
“This series captures the lives of these brilliant young brickies who are building a future for themselves. It’s a side to the building industry we don’t see enough.”
Louis Bamber, executive producer at production company Button Down, says: “Brickies is a really fun show where we see young people getting their hands dirty, working hard and doing a traditional, skilled job that the country needs more than ever – building homes. We see them earning money and carving lives out for themselves, while overcoming the sorts of issues that we all face at home and at work.
“I’m really proud of the mix of bricklayers we have in the show and hope it helps to show that anyone can build a great life for themselves in construction if they’re up for getting stuck in.”
The first episode of Brickies airs tonight (Thursday April 14) on BBC Three, with the entire series now available on BBC iPlayer.