UKTV has commissioned Rare TV to produce the Hornby: A Model World documentary for factual channel Yesterday.
The new series (10×60′) is an observational documentary. Currently in production, it will follow Hornby’s engineers and model makers, as well as collectors and model shop owners.
Yesterday’s channel director, Gerald Casey, commented: “Since 1920, Hornby has inspired a cult-like following amongst hobbyists and Yesterday viewers are going to love rolling into this world of British model-making, with its fastidious attention to detail, skilled engineers and passionate super collectors.”
Based at the company’s HQ in Kent, Hornby: A Model World is a nostalgic look at the company, home to Hornby Railways as well as the Corgi, Airfix and Scalextric brands. With multiple new product launches, the immersive series documents the ups and downs of Hornby’s supply chain and looks at how replica models are faithfully reproduced in miniature. The series also features a passionate community of collectors, whose expertise and knowledge is invaluable to the company.
UKTV’s senior commissioning editor, Helen Nightingale, said: “At Yesterday, we’re always on the lookout for hidden stories with fascinating history and passionate people, so we’re thrilled to work with leading factual producer Rare TV to share an exclusive behind the scenes look at Hornby, a quintessentially British institution.”
Rare TV’s Emma Barker added: “Hornby has welcomed us into its wonderful world and we’re delighted to be sharing it with Yesterday’s audience. It is the perfect home for the programme.”
Hornby: A Model World is filming now and will air on Yesterday later in 2021, also available to catch-up on UKTV Play.