Two United Utilities workers will be small-screen stars for the second time in 2014.
The call centre workers Vicki Lilliston and Lisa Robinson have been handpicked to help sponsor the regional weather on ITV Granada and Border regional weather. Vicki Lilliston is aged 25 and comes from Great Sankey. Meanwhile, Lisa Robinson is aged 29 from Chapelford.
Vicki Lilliston and Lisa Robinson were the stars of Watermen: A Dirty Business. In this instance, the women will be appearing in two short films to be broadcast before the weather forecast on ITV. The films will be broadcast as of this week. Both will focus on United Utilities and the real people who are out helping provide their services for millions of people.
The head of customer communications for United Utilities hopes that the two short films will raise the image of the company. Anne Hobson said in a statement: “We hope our little films will give people a glimpse of the real people who are out, whatever the weather, keeping loos flushing and taps running for our 7 million customers across the north west.”
Vicki Lilliston has talked about the process of making the short films for the weather. She has described how much fun it was to make them. Vicki said: “It was good making Watermen but making the recordings for the weather was really fun. Lots of people saw the TV series and I got a few comments in the local pub, and a few drinks too. The weather is on several times a day so I don’t know what that will be like. I’ll just cross that bridge when I come to it.”
The short films are available to watch on the United Utilities website right now.
United Utilities are a water supplier based out of the North West of England. It manages all the regulated and waste water in areas such as Cumbria, Cheshire, Lancashire, Merseyside and Greater Manchester. The company is based in Warrington and helps provide services to almost 7 million people. United Utilities have 184 reservoirs which they oversee.
In the North West, ITV’s regional news in Granada. These days, it is produced out of the Orange Tower in Salford’s brand new Media City establishment. It used to be produced at the Granada Studios on Manchester’s Quay Street. It is a 30 minute show that has been running since the early 1970s. The presenters of Granada are Lucy Meacock and Tony Morris.