15th December - UKTV has commissioned a second series of Secrets of the London Underground (10x60') from Brown Bob Productions, for its leading factual channel Yesterday, set to air in 2022.
The series promises to go further afield, exploring places whose very existence will stun viewers, but allow them to piece together more of the tube's rich and intricate history.
It will also reunite rail historian Tim Dunn (The Architecture The Railways Built) with Siddy Holloway from London Transport Museum. With Siddy's privileged access to the Tube, series one saw the pair take viewers down to abandoned tunnels, secret bunkers and hidden staircases that have been concealed from public view for years.
The first series of Secrets of the London Underground launched to a record-breaking 659k, with the opening episode becoming Yesterday's biggest ever launch of a new series, the channel's highest rated programme ever and the 2nd highest rating non-terrestrial programme of the day [Source: BARB/Techedge, All Homes, Individuals 16+. 7 day consolidation].
Secrets of the London Underground S2 has been commissioned for UKTV by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey. Richard Watsham is UKTV's director of commissioning and Steve North is genre general manager for comedy and entertainment. The series is produced by Brown Bob Productions and the executive producer is Rob Dersley.
UKTV's Hilary Rosen said,
After the huge success of series one, series two allows Brown Bob to uncover yet more fascinating secrets from the tube network. Tim and Siddy make the perfect guides and their combined passion and knowledge for all things London Underground is unrivalled.
Gerald Casey added, "The show was a smash hit with Yesterday audiences, so I'm delighted that we can satisfy their curiosity even further as we once again unlock the doors into the London Underground's hidden past."
Jacqueline Hewer, CEO of Brown Bob Productions said, "We're thrilled to be producing a second Secrets of the London Underground series for Yesterday, taking cameras to unseen parts of the world's oldest tube network, from iconic Leslie Green red-tiled stations to hidden wartime bunkers."
London Transport Museum's director Sam Mullins OBE said, "The first season of Secrets of the London Underground proved a huge hit for the Museum and we can't wait to see Siddy and Tim back for a second series. They'll be taking viewers behind the scenes to discover even more hidden sites and little-known stories from the rich history of the Tube and how it's shaped the Capital."
The second series will air on Yesterday in 2022 and will also be available to catch-up on UKTV Play.
Other recent UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, The Architecture The Railways Built, Bangers & Cash, Hornby: A Model World and Scouting for Toys.
For more information please contact: Neelam Rhodes, Publicist
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Fascinating factual stories from the world around us.
Yesterday showcases new, exclusive factual series such as Abandoned Engineering, The Architecture the Railways Built, Great British Landmark Fixers and Underground Worlds, as well as brand new observational documentaries including Bangers & Cash, Train Truckers, Secrets of the Transport Museum and Hornby: A Model World.
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 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 and The Architecture the Railways Built.
About London Transport Museum London Transport Museum's purpose is to ignite curiosity to shape the future. The Museum is situated in the heart of Covent Garden and filled with stunning exhibits; the Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, culture and society since 1800. Historic vehicles, world-famous posters and the very best objects from the Museum's extraordinary collection are brought together to tell the story of London's development and the part transport played in defining the unique identity of the city. The Museum is a charity and the world's leading museum of urban transport and a place for everyone to come to understand and enjoy the story of London's journey. No other capital city is defined and shaped so much by its transport as London. Yet the scale of influence of transport can be invisible to those who use it every day. The Museum's collections, together with its lively events and learning programme are a window into the past, present and future of how transport keeps London moving, working and growing, and makes life in our city better. The Museum's charity number is 1123122. London Transport Museum is supported by public funding from Arts Council England.