Yesterday on track with Hornby: A Model World

Hornby: A Model World

UKTV has commissioned a second series of Hornby: A Model World (10x60') for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. Produced by Rare TV, the new series will once again go behind the doors of Hornby HQ in Margate, home to brands Hornby, Airfix, Scalextric and Corgi.

Narrated by Sunetra Sarker (Ackley Bridge, Casualty), the series observes the ups and downs of the design process as the teams at Hornby attempt to get the all-important details spot on, whether it's perfecting the sound of a 1930s steam loco or the stitching on a First World War fighter plane. The first series featured layouts created by actor Eddie Izzard and music producer Pete Waterman.

Series one launched to a consolidated 630k, making it the second highest series launch on Yesterday ever. The season went on to average a consolidated 390k across its ten episodes, with total consumption pushing this to 756k*.

Hornby: A Model World is commissioned for UKTV by senior commissioning editor, Helen Nightingale and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey and deputy director of commissioning, Hilary Rosen. Richard Watsham is director of commissioning for UKTV and Steve North is genre general manager, comedy and entertainment. The series is produced by Rare TV and the executive producer is Emma Barker.

UKTV's Helen Nightingale said:

"I'm so excited to be going back into this fascinating world, following the work of the inventive designers at Hornby as they design and launch new products. And to meet more of the passionate enthusiasts, hobbyists and creators and see their meticulous work, in miniature, come to life."

Gerald Casey added:

"I'm thrilled that we can give Yesterday viewers another series to enjoy. We've loved following the model-making process from drawing board to perfect mini replica, all thanks to the devoted attention to detail of the staff at Hornby."

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."

Hornby: A Model World is filming now and is set to air on Yesterday in 2023 and will also be available to catch-up via UKTV Play. The first series is available on demand on UKTV Play now.

For more information please contact:

Neelam Rhodes, UKTV Publicist

Notes to Editors: *Source: BARB/TechEdge

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TV for curious minds. UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, Secrets of the Transport Museum, The Architecture the Railways Built, The Secrets of the London Underground, Bangers & Cash and Scouting for Toys.

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 Rare TV

This established and successful landmark factual producer has recently expanded and now makes a broad range of prime-time Popular Factual and Specialist Factual entertainment. Working for UK, American and European broadcasters, our current commissions include documentary and formatted factual series, feature length drama docs, landmark history, natural history and science event programming. The company works collaboratively with the best freelance producers, directors, show runners and execs in the business to create brilliant teams that deliver intelligent and entertaining factual programming. Rare TV is committed to ensuring that it is a caring and creative place to work.

About Hornby Hobbies

Hornby is a household name and is famous as the UK brand leader in the model railway hobby. The company's founder was Frank Hornby (1863 - 1936). Hornby Hobbies develops, manufactures and supplies hobby and toy products for a global market, with a collection of truly iconic brands spanning model railways, slot racing, die-cast models and plastic model kits.