Three of the stars of a new ITV documentary series about the Tyne and Wear Metro have spoken of their pride at appearing on the show.
Lynne Dickinson, Alan Taylor and Dave Wilson are just three of a wide range of Metro workers who are set to star on national TV over the next four weeks.
Metro: A Rail Life Story is a four-part documentary series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40th anniversary.
Alan, a Customer Service Manager, said: “It was an amazing experience to be involved in. I think the whole place has a buzz about it now that the documentary is about to go out. I hope that our customers enjoy watching it.
“The main things they filmed me for were the night of the Spice Girls concert, the day of the Great North Run, and some other more general days on duty across Metro.
“Everything about the whole experience was really rewarding.”
Lynne, a Metro Station Delivery Manager, said: “Hopefully the viewers will get to see a good variety of what we do across Metro.
“The programme takes in quite a few different departments. It’s not just what people do from day to day when you come into a station. It’s also the staff behind the scenes that get the Metro ready for service.
“The documentary is a good opportunity for people to see what our staff have to do when we manage major events.”
Dave, a Researcher, who led a sing along with Spice Girls fans on board a packed Metro train in the first episode, said: “I did a bit of singing and dancing with the fans on the way down to the concert. It was great fun. I loved it.
“I just wanted to get everyone into the spirit of the night and I thought I would get the bull by the horns and sing some Spice Girls songs. I sang ‘Mama’ and ‘Spice up your Life’.
“Being part of the TV documentary was a new challenge for me. I have worked for Nexus for a long time and I really wanted to be a part of this. I was previously in Metro the musical, so this was the next step for me.”
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.
The first episode goes out on ITV1 at 7.30pm tonight, Tuesday January 14. It will feature thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light.
The series follows the highs and lows of the summer and provides a vivid insight into the daily trials and tribulations for staff.
Cameras will show some of Metro’s 1,100 staff dealing with the biggest events of the year – including the Great North Run and the Spice Girls re-union concert in Sunderland.
The series for ITV is the first commission for Leeds based production company Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched in 2018.