UKTV uncovers Secrets of the London Underground in new commission for Yesterday

Secrets of the London Underground

New series produced by Brown Bob to air in 2021

Tuesday 15 March 2021

UKTV has commissioned, Secrets of the London Underground (6x60') for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. The UKTV Original series will be produced by prominent UK independent production company, Brown Bob Productions.

In the new series, railway historian Tim Dunn (The Architecture The Railways Built) and Siddy Holloway from the London Transport Museum will explore hidden areas of the London Underground that - despite being just feet away from where millions of people regularly travel - hardly anyone knows about.

The pair will explore abandoned tunnels, secret bunkers and hidden staircases that have been concealed from public view for years. They will use their unique and privileged access to tell the story of places including London's most clandestine tube station; the former terminus of the world's first electric railway; and a station now only accessible by getting a train driver to stop at just the right place, but which played a key role during the Second World War.

Secrets of the London Underground has been commissioned for UKTV by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey. The series is produced by Brown Bob Productions and the executive producer is Rob Dersley.

UKTV's Hilary Rosen said,

We're delighted to be going underground with Brown Bob for this new series on Yesterday. Viewers are fascinated by the Tube and this series promises unseen locations, fresh stories and secrets galore from right across the city. All of which will be brought to screen by the irrepressible Tim Dunn who is this time joined by London Underground expert Siddy Holloway. Prepare to be captivated.

Jacqueline Hewer, CEO of Brown Bob Productions said,

We're really excited to be producing another series for Yesterday, taking Tim on a new adventure, and introducing Siddy to the audience. We can promise one thing - you'll never travel on the tube again without wondering what's through that door at the end of the platform...

Yesterday's Gerald Casey added,

Following the success of The Architecture The Railways Built on Yesterday, it was a no-brainer for us to team up again with Brown Bob again and let them do what they do best - bring us great stories about the railway. The secrets that lie beneath London's streets are amazing and we know we'll be in good hands with Siddy Holloway and Tim Dunn - in fact, I can't wait to see how excited Tim gets about all this!

Secrets of the London Underground is filming now, adhering to all COVID-19 procedures and regulations. The series will air on Yesterday later in 2021 and will also be available to catch-up on UKTV Play. Other recent UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, The Architecture The Railways Built (also produced by Brown Bob), Restoration Workshop, Warbird Workshop and two further series of Bangers & Cash.

For more information please contact:

For UKTV: Dave Barnsby, Senior Press Office Manager
For Brown Bob Productions: Andrew Dickens, Account Director, Boom! PR:

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About Yesterday

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On demand on UKTV Play | @yesterdaytweets |

Fascinating factual stories from the world around us.

Yesterday showcases original series such as Abandoned Engineering, Secrets of the Railways and Underground Worlds as well as new and exclusive observational documentaries including Bangers & Cash, The Architecture The Railways Built and Train Truckers.

The channel also features stunning nature and science programming including David Attenborough's Natural Curiosities and Planet Earth 2, plus seminal war documentaries such as The World at War.

About UKTV

UKTV has been at the forefront of branded television for over 25 years, entertaining the nation with programmes they love. Its leading brands - Dave, Gold, W, Drama, Alibi, Eden and Yesterday - span comedy, entertainment, natural history, factual and drama, and are delivered to audiences through UKTV Play, Freeview, Sky, Virgin Media, BT, TalkTalk, YouView, Freesat and Amazon Fire. The broadcaster is a significant investor in British creativity and is committed to working with new and established writers, directors and programme-makers.

UKTV is part of BBC Studios, the UK's most-awarded production company, a world-class distributor with international branded services, and a commercial subsidiary of the world's leading public service broadcaster, the BBC.

About Brown Bob Productions

Brown Bob Productions is an independent television production company owned and run by experienced producers Nicki Gottlieb and Jacqueline Hewer since 2014.

Brown Bob Productions specialises in high volume, high-rating factual series. The company has a particular expertise in designing bespoke rigs in order to film people and places in a new and different way. Brown Bob Productions has produced a number of different series for UKTV under the Inside The... brand, including Inside the Ambulance currently in series 11, and Inside the Operating Theatre. It's also behind the ratings-winner Fraud Squad for BBC One.