December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Courtesy Taxis welcomed in the cameras for a fly-on-the-wall documentary showcasing the 24-7 demands of running the city’s biggest taxi firm – including dealing with kicking-out time at its Prince of Wales Road offices.
Owner Mark Streeter said the one-hour programme encapsulated the daily life of a taxi driver – from the genteel daytime clientele through to “the night-time manoeuvres”.
“We see the full spectrum – as drivers we see the nicest and we see the nastiest,” said Mr Streeter, 45, who bought the company eight years ago.
And despite much of the action centring on the intoxicated antics of Courtesy’s customers in the wee small hours, Mr Streeter insisted the programme was positive for the city.
“I’m Norwich born and bred and I love Norwich, so I’m glad that it shows it as a nice, vibrant, lively city with everyone enjoying themselves.
“Yes, you’ve got people falling around and being drunk, but it’s all in good taste, and it’s very funny.
“It will show the varied customers that we have at Courtesy Taxis, from lovely silver-haired ladies getting their hair done, to transvestites, to a bunch of lads who have no shame.”
Much of the action centres around Courtesy’s 50-seat waiting area, complete with door staff and taxi marshalls, which can become a venue in its own right on a Friday or Saturday night.
“After a night out, what you want is a cab and a kebab, and our waiting area is a safe place for people to get their taxi home,” said Mr Streeter.
“We often have people in there at 7am on a Sunday after a night out, as it’s a meeting point for people.
“It’s a 24-7 operation, and we never close. You could have your Christmas dinner there if you wanted.”
Mr Streeter, who lives in Hevingham, said he hoped the one-off show could lead to follow-ups if it proves popular.
Up All Night: The Minicab Office airs on Thursday, October 24 at 10pm on Channel 4.