Great North Run to feature in the final episode of ITV's Metro documentary series

The Great North Run
11 February 2020

The final episode of the ITV documentary series about life on the Tyne and Wear Metro will give millions of viewers a chance to see behind the scenes at the Great North Run, Metro’s busiest day of the year.

Episode four of The Metro: A Rail Life Story, which airs tonight, Tuesday 11 February, will showcase the work of Metro staff as thousands of runners head to the start line of the Great North Run in Newcastle, and then head home from the finish in South Shields.

They are seen managing queues at the new £21m interchange in South Shields town centre. The new and untested interchange is at the centre of things as the crowds build up.

The programme will also follow one of the event's regular runners as he prepares for a personal return to the course, running in tribute to a friend.

The four-part ITV series has offered a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary. Watch the trailer.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “The final episode of the ITV series is all about our busiest day – the Great North Run – as staff get to grips with huge queues and managing that through the new South Shields interchange.

“It’s a nice way to bring the series to an end as it shows everything that is good about Metro, part of everyday life, and a vital transport link for the Great North Run, which also celebrates its 40th anniversary this year.

“It’s great that we were able to allow cameras behind the scenes on the day of the run. It’s a massive day for everyone at Metro. Millions of viewers will see a passionate and committed workforce very much rising to the challenge.”

Viewing figures for the series - Episode 1: 2.6 million. Episode 2: 2.2 million. Episode 3: 2.5 million.

Episode 4 of Metro: A Rail Life Story goes out on ITV on Tuesday 11 February at 7.30pm.



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