Yesterday to find more Secrets of the London Underground in new third series

Tim and Siddy

2 February 2023 - UKTV has commissioned a third series of Secrets of the London Underground (10x60') for its leading factual channel, Yesterday. Produced by Brown Bob, the previous two series have proved very popular with Yesterday viewers. The first series in July 2021 became Yesterday's biggest ever launch of a new programme, and the second series, which aired last year, was Yesterday's second strongest launch in 2022.

The new third series will air later in 2023 and is presented once again by rail historian Tim Dunn (The Architecture The Railways Built) and Engagement Manager from the London Transport Museum, Siddy Holloway. As part of her work for the London Transport Museum, Siddy has the keys to many locked away places on the vast London Underground network that reveal fascinating details of British social and rail history and Tim unearths other historical gems in the museum's archives. The new series promises to visit significant parts of the London's underground system, such as Leicester Square, which once held the world's longest escalator, and South Kensington, which dates from 1868.

Secrets of the London Underground is commissioned for UKTV by head of factual and factual entertainment, Helen Nightingale and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey and Hilary Rosen, director of commissioning. Produced by Brown Bob, the executive producer is Emma Roberts Price, and the series producer is Charlotte Dawes.

UKTV's Helen Nightingale said,

I love Secrets of the London Underground! The way the programme brings the history of the Tube to life in such a unique manner is really wonderful. I'm so pleased that Siddy, Tim and the brilliant team at Brown Bob have found even more secrets to share with us.

Jacqueline Hewer, CEO of Brown Bob said,

There is such a fascination with the London Underground, and we're delighted to be able to take Yesterday viewers behind the scenes of the tube once again. We've got more hidden places to unlock and more intriguing secrets to reveal - with Tim and Siddy bringing stations to life in their brilliantly enthusiastic way.

Gerald Casey added,

I'm so pleased we can bring Secrets of the London Underground back for a third series. The programme has captured the imagination of Yesterday viewers, and it's easy to see why with such brilliant access, expert insight and warm enthusiasm. We can't wait for series three to air later this year.

London Transport Museum's director Sam Mullins OBE said,

As the Underground celebrates its 160th year in 2023, it's brilliant for us to be bringing more of its secrets to Yesterday's viewers in a third series. I thought I knew the Tube pretty well but can't wait myself to see Siddy and Tim unlock the door on more unexplored locations and delve into the Museum's archives to reveal more stories from the London's unique history.

Secrets of the London Underground is in production now and will join The Architecture The Railways Built, Hornby: A Model World, Bangers & Cash and spin-off sister show, Bangers & Cash: Restoring Classics as original shows returning to the Yesterday channel for a new series in 2023, alongside the brand new, Classic Car Garage. All episodes will also be available to stream for free on UKTV Play.

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TV for curious minds, revealing fascinating factual stories from the world around us.

Yesterday showcases original series such as Abandoned Engineering and Secrets of the London Underground as well as new and exclusive observational documentaries, including Bangers & Cash, The Architecture The Railways Built and Hornby: A Model World. The channel also features seminal war documentaries such as The World at War.

About UKTV / @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.

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About Brown Bob

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