Documentary on Metro system returns to national screens

An ITV documentary looking at everyday life on the Tyne and Wear Metro is returning to screens again.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 3:46 pm
An ITV documentary on the Tyne and Wear Metro is returning to national screens.

Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part documentary series giving a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary – prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The programme, filmed in 2019 and first shown in early 2020, is being rerun on ITV1. Episode one airs tonight (Tuesday) at 11.40pm.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “We’re delighted that the ITV documentary about Metro is to be screened again on national television.

“It was a huge honour for us to be part of this programme in Metro’s 40th anniversary year. It affords viewers the chance to see some of the challenges that we face to keep the Metro service operating for its passengers.

“The filming took place before Covid-19 had ever happened, so it’s a snapshot of what our lives were like before lockdown and social distancing.

“Metro remains part of everyday life and has become a regional icon over the last four decades.

“I hope everyone enjoys watching the series just as much as they did the first time it that it was aired.”

The first episode features thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.

The ITV series showed Metro staff dealing with day-to-day issues including fare evasion, customer services, infrastructure maintenance and managing its ageing fleet of trains.