Channel 4 has commissioned Little Trains & Big Names from Workerbee Group (A Banijay UK Company). The new four-part series with legendary music producer Pete Waterman which will explore the weird and wonderful world of miniature model railways on More 4.
The idea for the series came from Waterman’s lifelong fascination with railways. In addition to juggling his jam-packed schedule as one of the country’s finest pop music auteurs, Waterman also considers himself a full-time model railway enthusiast.
The series will see Waterman travel the country to link up with some of his famous friends who share his passion for all things miniature including Jools Holland, Eddie Izzard, James May and Francis Rossi.
From getting an exclusive peek at extra special work of Holland’s which is over 12 years in the making, to helping Status Quo’s Rossi find inspiration for his very first layout, each guest will offer a new perspective on the joys of this wonderful pastime.
As well as marvelling at his friends’ models, Waterman will also be on the lookout for some new tips and tricks as he endeavours to complete his own brand-new model railway, a gigantic exhibition piece which he has just 6 months to build before it opens to the public.
Pete Waterman said: “For as long as I can remember I have been mesmerised by the world of miniature model railways. It has been a total joy exploring the magic of this subculture with viewers at home, and reconnecting with some old friends like Jools, Eddie, James and Francis along the way!”
Michelle Chappell, Executive Producer and Managing Director of Workerbee Group said: “We love this unique blend of famous faces with their quirky hobbies, in this case model railways. These tiny trains will delight viewers and transport us through this fascinating pastime, shining a light on our history and celebrities behind closed doors.”
Jasper Hone, Commissioning Executive at Channel 4 said: “In this wonderful new series, Pete Waterman gives us a fascinating peek into the world of miniature model railways with the help from his celebrity friends and happily you don’t have to own a train set to enjoy it - the surprising mix of model railways, celebrity biog and history truly offers something for everyone.”
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About Workerbee Group:
Workerbee Group, part of Banijay UK, is a Manchester-based production company making a diverse range of non-scripted content for both UK and global channels and platforms. Recent productions include The Bridge (Channel 4); Idris Elba’s Fight School (BBC Two), Janet (Lifetime & A+E), Save Our Beautiful Game (Discovery+) Bruno v Tyson (Sky) and How to Build British (More 4).