Tyne and Wear Metro Opens its Doors in New Series From Wise Owl Films

A new series for ITV will feature life on the Tyne and Wear Metro – the first time in-depth access has been granted in the Metro’s near 40 year history.

The four-part series is the first commission for Leeds based producer Wise Owl Films, a Lime Pictures company that launched this year.

From the seaside to the football grounds, city centres to the start line of the Great North Run, the Metro serves 100,000 passengers every day in the North East of England, with 60 stations and nearly 50 miles of track.

Metropolis (working title) will follow the stories of the staff, the passengers and the communities whose lives revolve around a unique rail network whose train doors open and close 240,000 times every year.

The Metro, which is publicly owned and operated by the Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive, Nexus, is the second largest light railway system outside London, serving Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Tyneside, North Tyneside and Sunderland and was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 1980.  The Metro carries 36 million passengers per year.


Metropolis has been commissioned by Tom Giles, controller of current affairs at ITV.


Mark Robinson, Creative Director of Leeds-based Wise Owl Films said: “This is the first time that a documentary series has been made on the Tyne and Wear Metro – and we feel privileged and excited to be making it.

“The Metro is an institution and a vital part of everyday life in the North East of England.  On every train, on every journey and on every platform there are human stories for us to tell.”

Managing Director of Nexus, Tobyn Hughes, said: “The Metro is owned by the people who live in the North East, and the people who run it are from the local community - it is a truly local railway.  It is part of the unique fabric of the North East that sets it apart from the rest of the country: friendly, hardworking, and with a unique cultural identity.  Our story is our passengers, so we are very much looking forward to sharing these through this TV documentary series.”

Tom Giles, ITV Controller of Current Affairs, said: "We're delighted to be working with Wise Owl on a series steeped in the culture and people of the North-East - the first time this level of access has been given to a unique network, one of the region's best-loved feats of modern engineering"




For further programme press information please contact Lime Pictures:

Rachel Hardy - Head of Press and Digital

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 07824 438446

For further information on the Tyne and Wear Metro please contact:

David Punton - Communications Officer 

Nexus, Nexus House, 33 St James Boulevard, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4AX

Tel: 0191 203 3691. Mob: 07939545628.



About Wise Owl Films:


Wise Owl Films was launched in November 2018 as a new, non-scripted label of Lime Pictures.  Based in Leeds and headed up by Creative Director Mark Robinson who founded ITV Studios label Shiver in the 2007.

During his time at Shiver/ITV Studios Robinson created over 200 different series and specials for ITV, the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Sky and UKTV Gold, including May The Best House Win, Tales From Northumberland with Robson Green, David Jason: My Life On Screen, Last Laugh In Vegas and The Nations Favourite…music series.

About Lime Pictures:


Lime Pictures is a multi-award-winning independent producer with more than 30 years’ experience in producing content for global audiences.  Lime is home of the UK's most talked about television – from cutting-edge formats to multi award winning, long-running drama.  Lime is at the forefront of today's popular culture – both as a content creator and the producer of TV shows that stand the test of time.  From the very first steps in development through to delivery, Lime produces the very best in UK TV programming along with the very latest in digital content, allied social media and ground breaking commercial partnerships.  

Lime’s current programme credits include;

Hollyoaks (C4) – multi award-winning, single camera daily family drama, now in its 23rd year.  Winner of Best Continuing Drama at the Broadcast Awards 2018 and winner of four British Soap Awards 2018 including Best Dramatic Performance, Best Story-line and Best Single Episode.

Free Rein (Netflix) the double Emmy award-winning drama series, filmed in the UK for a global audience (190 countries). Series 2 launched June 2018, a Christmas special dropped 7th December 2018 and series 3 and a Valentine’s special is expected to launch in 2019. 

The Only Way is Essex (ITVBe) – genre busting real-time reality drama entertainment series, currently in pre-production of its 24th season.  Winner of the BAFTA Audience Award.

Geordie Shore (MTV) – MTV’s highest rated show outside of North America.  Reality entertainment series, currently in production of its 19th season.

Celebs Go Dating (E4) entertainment dating series, season 6 currently in production for E4.

The Lovers and the Liars (MTV) Season 1 aired earlier this year.

Previous Credits include;

Six Pack Superstars (All 4), Gamechangers: Inventing the World (Discovery), Diva Espana (ITVBe)

Educating Joey Essex (ITV2), My Psychic Life (C4), Too Posh to Parent (C4), Elliott Wright: Playa in Marbella and Elliott and Sadie: the Wedding (ITVBe).   In the US, Emmy-Award winning Singles Project and Work Out New York (Bravo US) and most recently for Bravo US, Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey.    For children, Lime has produced the following dramas: Evermoor and The Evermoor Chronicles (The Disney Channel), Rocket’s Island (CBBC) and House of Anubis (Nickelodeon). .   

Lime Pictures is an All3Media company.