The first episode of ITV’s documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro attracted 2.6 million viewers, according to overnight viewing figures. Screened at 1930 on Tuesday 14th January the first episode of The Metro: A Rail Life Story concentrated on passengers using the Metro to get to the Spice Girls concert in Sunderland last summer with unprecedented access having been given to film crews.
Huw Lewis, Customer Services Director at Nexus, said: “We’re delighted with such impressive viewing figures for the first episode. We’re really proud of the region that we serve and the part that Metro plays in everyday life, and it’s fantastic that people across Britain saw what we have to offer. To get 2.6 million people tuning in to watch a TV programme about the Tyne and Wear Metro is absolutely fantastic. We are already excited about the second episode next week, where viewers will get to see even more of the work that goes on behind the scenes to keep the Metro system running. It’s a privilege for us to showcase and share this unique transport system in our wonderful and vibrant region with a wider television audience as we prepare to mark Metro’s 40th anniversary.”
Episode two of the series – there will be four in total – will focus on the first game of Newcastle United’s season as thousands of fans travel on Metro to get to the match. It will again be on ITV at 1930 on Tuesday 21st January and if you missed the first episode you can catch a repeat at 2245 on Sunday 19th January.