0113 887 9696 hi@primestudios.co.uk

Wise Owl Films Lands First Commission


Wise Owl Films Lands First Commission


Tyne and Wear Metro Opens Doors in New Series for ITV

A new series for ITV will feature life on the Tyne and Wear Metro – the first time in-depth access has been granted in the Metro’s near 40 year history.

The four-part series is the first commission for Leeds based producer Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched at Prime Studios, Leeds in November 2018, headed up by Creative Director Mark Robinson who founded ITV Studios label Shiver in the 2007.

From the seaside to the football grounds, city centres to the start line of the Great North Run, the Metro serves 100,000 passengers every day in the North East of England, with 60 stations and nearly 50 miles of track.

Metropolis (working title) will follow the stories of the staff, the passengers and the communities whose lives revolve around a unique rail network whose train doors open and close 240,000 times every year.

"This is the first time that a documentary series has been made on the Tyne and Wear Metro – and we feel privileged and excited to be making it. The Metro is an institution and a vital part of everyday life in the North East of England. On every train, on every journey and on every platform there are human stories for us to tell "
Mark Robinson
Executive Producer

The Metro, which is publicly owned and operated by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, Nexus, is the second largest light railway system outside London, serving Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980. The Metro carries 36 million passengers per year.

Metropolis has been commissioned by Tom Giles, controller of current affairs at ITV.

Wise Owl Films is based at Prime Studios. Find out more: www.wiseowlfilms.com

"We're delighted to be working with Wise Owl on a series steeped in the culture and people of the North-East - the first time this level of access has been given to a unique network, one of the region's best-loved feats of modern engineering."
Tom Giles
Tom Giles, ITV Controller of Current Affairs

Share article