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21 February 2020

Films of Record has secured exclusive access to Network Rail – the company trying to keep Britain on track – for a new ITV series.

Trouble on the Tracks, a three-part documentary series for ITV1, focuses on Birmingham New Street Station, revealing the inner workings of Britain’s busiest interchange – the jewel in the crown of the rail network since its £2.3bn revamp in 2015.  The series builds on Films of Record’s portfolio of access documentaries which have gone behind the scenes of a wide range of iconic organisations.

Karen Edwards, Executive Producer, Films of Record, says: “Network Rail works to provide a safe, reliable experience for the millions using the UK’s railways every day. The UK’s only city-centre station, Birmingham New Street, where a train departs from the station every 37 seconds, is at the heart of this network.  Getting access to such a key Network Rail site has given us a unique window on the company’s operations. Films of Record have an exceptional track record in high-quality access. This allows us to combine unique insights with compelling human interest stories to create programmes which connect with the audience in a very powerful way.  We hope that Trouble on the Tracks will do just that.”

Trouble on the Tracks goes behind the scenes of one of the UK’s most vibrant transport hubs.  From train drivers who are in charge of over 300 passengers hurtling along at 120 miles per hour; the Orange Army, the people who are track-side in all weathers making sure that the 20,000 miles of track are safe and serviceable; to managers making critical decisions on whether to run or stop trains; this series shows what life is like for the staff and passengers who rely on the rail network every day.  Coping with strikes, adverse weather and flooded rail tracks Trouble on the Tracks shows the combined skill and dedication of station managers, engineers, and signalers which prevents gridlock and commuter chaos. 

Films of Record is a leader in high-quality access documentaries including: Inside Alton Towers for Channel 4;  Your Child In Their Hands: Kids’ Hospital for Channel 5; The Murder Detectives for Channel 4; and Great Ormond Street for BBC Two, amongst others. 

Trouble on the Tracks was commissioned by Tom Giles at ITV1.  It is Exec Produced by Karen Edwards for Films of Record. The Series director is Jon Cowen and the Series producer is Ross Anderson.