UKTV Original History Hunters (6×60) 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. 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.
Another UKTV Original, The Architecture the Railways Built (10×60) sees 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 are both exec produced by Audrey Neil. Brown Bob is the production company behind Inside the Ambulance, the longest-running and hugely popular UKTV Original series on W, as well as Inside the Operating Theatre, Inside the Vets, and Inside the Ambulance at Christmas.
Hilary Rosen, Deputy Director of Commissioning and Head of Factual & Factual Entertainment at UKTV, said: “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.”
Yesterday’s Channel Director Gerald Casey said: “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.”
Jacqueline Hewer, CEO of Brown Bob: “We are thrilled that the team at UKTV share our passion and vision for these two new series. It’s always a joy to work with them, and we are excited to expand our relationship to work with Yesterday.”
History Hunters and The Architecture the Railways Built will air in the spring of 2020, and will also be available on UKTV Play. These new series join a portfolio of successful UKTV Original factual shows on the channel including Abandoned Engineering, Steam Train Britain, and Bangers and Cash. Warbird Workshopand Restoration Workshop are also due to transmit in 2020.