UKTV has announced two new commissions for its factual channel, Yesterday, both of which will also be available on its free on-demand service, UKTV Play.
The Architecture the Railways Built sees railway expert and train enthusiast Tim Dunn exploring the stunning architecture that lines the railway network.
He visits stations made up of simple stone buildings, decorative Victorian grandeur, art deco masterpieces and striking glass and concrete structures created over the last few years. But Tim doesn’t stop at stations.
He’s been given a platform to explore any structure which owes its existence to the railway: viaducts, signal boxes, tunnels, pedestrian passages, workshops, railway hotels: as well as less obvious buildings like homes, swimming pools and Turkish baths.
The second new commission, History Hunters, follows father-and-son team Dave and Steve Nuwar, military antiques specialists, as they search for little pieces of history and the riveting tales behind them.
From War & Son, their thriving Herefordshire shop, the History Hunters travel the country to source items from fairs, auctions, house calls, and online, and tracing the deeply personal, historical and moving stories behind each item.
Both series have been commissioned from production company Brown Bob.
Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment at UKTV, said: “We are commissioning more and more new UKTV Original series for Yesterday.
“I’m so delighted to continue our partnership with Brown Bob, who we absolutely love working with and whose programmes continue to prove so popular with our audiences.”
Jacqueline Hewer, CEO, Brown Bob Productions said: “We are thrilled that the team at UKTV share our passion and vision for these two new series.
“It’s always a joy to work with them, and we are excited to expand our relationship to work with Yesterday.”