UKTV brings history hunters and railway architecture to screens

UKTV has commissioned two new series from production company Brown Bob for its leading factual channel, Yesterday.

“We are commissioning more and more new UKTV Original series for Yesterday. I’m so delighted to continue our partnership with Brown Bob, who we absolutely love working with and whose programmes continue to prove so popular with our audiences.” – UKTV by deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment Hilary Rosen

History Hunters follows father-and-son team Dave and Steve Nuwar, military antiques specialists, as they search for little pieces of history and the riveting tales behind them over a six-part series. From War & Son, their thriving Herefordshire shop, the History Hunters travel the country to source items from fairs, auctions, house calls, and online and tracing the deeply personal, historical and moving stories behind each item across the hour-long episodes.

Another UKTV Original, The Architecture the Railways Built is a ten-part series that joins railway expert and train enthusiast Tim Dunn exploring the stunning architecture that lines the railway network. He visits stations made up of simple stone buildings, decorative Victorian grandeur, art deco masterpieces and striking glass and concrete structures created over the last few years.

But Tim doesn’t stop at stations. He’s been given a platform to explore any structure which owes its existence to the railway: viaducts, signal boxes, tunnels, pedestrian passages, workshops, railway hotels: as well as less obvious buildings like homes, swimming pools and Turkish baths.

Both series have been commissioned for UKTV by deputy director of commissioning and head of factual & factual entertainment Hilary Rosen and ordered for Yesterday by channel director Gerald Casey.

History Hunters and The Architecture the Railways Built will air in the spring of 2020, and will also be available on UKTV Play.

“Yesterday viewers are always keen to learn more about the past, and these two new series, helmed by knowledgeable and charismatic experts, shed a light on fascinating aspects of history and culture.” – Yesterday channel director Gerald Casey

Yesterday can be found on: Freeview 25 | Sky 155 | Virgin 129 | Freesat 159 | youview 25