The Tyne and Wear Metro is set to become a television star in its own right with ITV commissioning a new four part series looking behind the scenes on the system – the first time in the network’s history that access has been granted to the cameras. The show will follow the stories of the staff, the passengers and the communities whose “lives revolve around a unique rail network”.
Under the working title of Metropolis the documentary will be aired on ITV although whether it will be just broadcast regionally or nationwide. Either way it will at least be available on the ITV Hub for viewing.
Mark Robinson, Creative Director of Wise Owl Films, said: “his is the first time that a documentary series has been made on the Tyne and Wear Metro – and we feel privileged and excited to be making it. The Metro is an institution and a vital part of everyday life in the North East of England. On every train, on every journey and on every platform there are human stories for us to tell.”
Tobyn Hughes, Managing Director of Nexus, added: “The Metro is owned by the people who live in the North East, and the people who run it are from the local community – it is a truly local railway. It is part of the unique fabric of the North East that sets it apart from the rest of the country: friendly, hardworking, and with a unique cultural identity. Our story is our passengers, so we are very much looking forward to sharing these through this TV documentary series.”