New ITV series to feature the Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro
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Nexus has announced that a new ITV series featuring everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is set to air on tv from Tuesday 14th January 2020.

Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part series that gives viewers an insight into the day to day operations of the Metro system.

The first episode will be broadcast on ITV at 7.30pm on Tuesday 14th January.

The series for ITV is the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.

What did the officials say?

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said:

“We’re all really looking forward to seeing the Tyne and Wear Metro showcased on national television.

“Our story is our passengers and our staff, so we were keen to share this through a documentary series as Metro gets ready to mark its 40th year.

“When we were approached about allowing TV crews unprecedented behind the scenes access, despite the challenges we face with a 40 year old fleet of trains, I had no hesitation in breaking with tradition and giving it the green light.

“This ITV series will show viewers some of the amazing people who work around the clock to deliver the Metro service to the people of Tyne and Wear over one of our busiest ever summers, culminating with the Great North Run.

“Metro is firmly part of everyday life and it has become an iconic regional brand over the years. 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.

“This all comes over so well in all four episodes which have been made for ITV and I think people will really enjoy watching the programme.”

Executive Producer Mark Robinson said:

“We were delighted to be the first production team allowed to film in depth behind the scenes on the Metro. We know it’s become an iconic part of North East life over the last 40 years but now viewers all across the UK will be finding out about it.

“We’d like to thank all the Metro staff who allowed us to film a wide range of operations across last Summer. From huge, all-consuming events like the Spice Girls re-union to day-to-day issues like fare dodging, anti-social behaviour and dealing with an ageing fleet of trains, it was fascinating to see what it takes to keep the network running”.

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