Two new transport documentary series commissioned

Transport related television programmes seem to be rather in vouge at the moment with recent highlights including The Tube and The Railways on the BBC.

Fans of transport and general viewers alike will be pleased to hear that this week two more new transport documentary series have been commisioned - including one, rather interestingly for bus enthusiasts - on road transport in London!

No air dates for either series, which are detailed below have been given yet, but we will update you with that information when it is available.

The Route Masters: Keeping London Moving (w/t)
BBC TWO/BBC TWO HD (6x60mins)

London’s population has grown by a million in the last 10 years. The city’s roads are full up. But eight out of ten Londoners’ journeys are by still by road. So 25,000 Transport for London workers now face a daily battle to keep the capital moving. Every morning 8,500 buses carry six million passengers – double what the Tube carries. Six thousand traffic lights control them – and us. Two thousand dedicated police keep the roads clear by racing to incidents large and small. And it’s all overseen by the biggest traffic control centre in the world, which, unbeknownst to most of us, orchestrates our journeys every day.

Filmed over a year, this six-part series from the makers of The Tube is the story of the individuals who keep the system working – from nightbus drivers to road-menders to the controllers running it all. But it’s also the story of our capital now, as the city expands faster than ever.

Series produced by Simon Gilchrist; executive produced by Alistair Pegg for Blast! Films, and by Emma Willis for the BBC.

First Great Western (w/t)
Channel 5/Channel 5 HD (8x60mins)

Twofour and GroupM Entertainment have been commissioned to produce a brand new 8 x 60’ ob doc following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest and most unique train operating companies.

The series will delve behind the scenes to capture the inside story of an industry that continues to grow, featuring a team of dedicated drivers, managers, ticket inspectors, technicians and porters that connect the capital to the far South West.

Packed full of personality, humour and heritage, First Great Western will offer an insight into one of the country’s most iconic companies and a unique prism through which to take a fresh look at everyday life in contemporary Britain.

Melanie Leach, Twofour MD said: “As a South West based Indie, Twofour has spent over a decade traveling with FGW. The routes, the staff, the silver service dining and, of course, the customers combine to create an organisation that is utterly unique. We’re delighted that they’ve agreed to let us tell their story on Channel 5.”

First Great Western (working title) is executive produced by Dan Adamson and series produced by Gill Hennessey for Twofour and executive produced by Tony Moulsdale and Melanie Darlaston for GroupM Entertainment.