New TV series: The Architecture the Railways Built


20 Nov 2019
Hey chaps and chap-esses; re: the question on DVDs. There are no plans AFAIK to release as a hard media format, but the whole series is online to view for the foreseeable future on UKTV's website and app, free.

No plans for anything else (although reception and viewer figs v lovely!) as (1) COVID makes filming everything somewhat tricky and (2) I have a day job wrangling words and data getting more of the UK and Europe to travel by train at Trainline. Thank you all above for (a) the support and (b) the feedback during 'TATRB' - it was a labour of love and we have data to prove it brought more people into our ferro-equine world. Other projects, as ever, are in the pipeline; it's not an easy feat to pull off but I hope the next ones bridge the gaps between casual viewer and obsessive in the ways that both would indeed hope.

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8 Mar 2018
It has been announced that there will be two more series (20 episodes) which will be broadcast from 2021.

Commissions 20-eps of Tim Dunn-fronted format
Yesterday has commissioned 20-episodes of The Architecture The Railways Built, following its debut run.
Brown Bob’s format, in which railway expert and train enthusiast Tim Dunn explores the stunning architecture that line the railway network in Britain and beyond, is to return for a further two, 10 x 60-minute series.
The first series aired earlier in April and was Yesterday’s best-performing factual launch on record, opening with 540,000 (2.5%) before going to inform an average of 510,000 viewers, according to the broadcaster.
Locations visited in the first series included the Ribblehead Viaduct in North Yorkshire, the St Pancras station in London and the ultra-modern Rotterdam Centraal station in Holland, alongside a raft of other stations, viaducts, signal boxes, tunnels, pedestrian passages, workshops and hotels.
Deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen ordered the series, alongside channel director Gerald Casey. UKTV’s Kirsty Hanson will exec produce alongside Brown Bob’s Rob Dersley and Audrey Neil.
Casey said: “The Architecture The Railways Built brilliantly managed to remind us that thanks to the railways we’ve built a wonderful world out there, at a time when it was difficult for many of us to see it for ourselves.”
Brown Bob chief executive Jacqueline Hewer said: This double commission gives us scope to explore an even wider variety of railway architecture.”
The news follows a number of recommissions from UKTV, with Yesterday series Bangers & Cash also receiving a 20-part order in August.
The series, which is currently in production, will be distributed internationally by Passion Distribution.


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13 May 2019
Hurrah! There's a lot of fascinating railway building out there and more built every year.