UKTV has commissioned a second series of Hornby: A Model World for its leading factual TV channel, Yesterday.
As in Series 1, this new series will once again go behind the doors of Hornby’s headquarters at Margate, home to the Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric, and Corgi brands.
The series will be produced by Rare TV and narrated by Sunetra Sarker, who plays Ackley Bridge in Casualty. This series will observe the highs and lows of the design process as Hornby’s teams attempt to accurately portray important details, perfect the sound of a 1930s steam loco, or emulate the stitching on a First World War fighter plane. The first series featured layouts created by actor Eddie Izzard and music producer Pete Waterman.
Over 600,000 viewers watched the launch of Series 1, which was the second highest series launch on Yesterday. The season went on to average a 390,000 across its ten episodes, with total viewing figures pushing this to 756.000.
Filming of this series of Hornby: A Model World is now taking place. It is scheduled to air on Yesterday in 2023 and will also be available to catch up via UKTV Play. The first series can be viewed on-demand on UKTV Play now.
Emma Barker, executive producer of Rare TV said: “We are delighted that Hornby have invited us back inside their fascinating HQ to follow more of their amazing work, and we’re keen to showcase some more of Britain’s finest model layout builders, all creating miniature masterpieces in lofts and sheds.”
Simon Kohler at Hornby Hobbies said: “For many, a hobby is a wonderful form of relaxation – whether it’s creating a fully detailed model railway, racing a Scalextric Formula One, or meticulously piecing together a fully detailed Airfix kit. Whatever the case and whatever the pastime such hobbies can be filled with essential mental wellbeing fused with an incredible sense of achievement and satisfaction.”