Sky1 climbs aboard Cineflix's East Coast Trains ob doc
Sky1 HD has commissioned East Coast Trains (w/t), a 10 x 60 documentary series to be made by Cineflix Productions. Greenlit by Chris Wilson, Commissioning Editor, Factual and Features, Sky, the programme will “go beyond the public facing ticket barriers, buffet cars and timetables into the inner workings of one of the UK’s leading passenger train operators.
Over the winter and spring of 2013, filming will capture all areas of the business following regular characters, across a wide variety of departments that work twenty-four hours a day to keep everything on track. In addition the series will follow the stories of some of the 50,000 passengers who are brought together on the East Coast line every single day.”
Commenting on the commission, Chris Wilson said: “We’re really excited to be taking cameras behind the scenes at East Coast Trains, to produce a portrait of all aspects of an extraordinary and complex network. As well as telling the day-to-day stories of a diverse workforce, we want to capture the romance of train travel, and reveal the human stories of passengers brought together by a train line that runs like a backbone through modern-day Britain. “
Camilla Lewis, Managing Director, Cineflix Productions, added: “We're delighted to have the opportunity to make this series for Sky. Their ambition matches ours to make - for the first time - a 360 degree exploration of the daily lives of the staff and passengers on one of the UK's busiest rail networks. East Coast Trains is an extraordinary company full of warm, engaging characters and we look forward to working with them on this project."
The series will be produced by Cineflix Productions and will be exec produced by Camilla Lewis and Rob Carey for Cineflix Productions and Chris Wilson for Sky. It will air on Sky 1 HD next autumn.
You can track the production developments of East Coast Train Lines on Production Intelligence, the online database of advance productions from The Knowledge: