UKTV has commissioned, Secrets of the London Underground (6×60’) from Brown Bob Productions for factual channel, Yesterday.
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 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 and will air on Yesterday later this year.