UKTV has commissioned Rare TV to produce Hornby: A Model World (10×60′) for its factual channel Yesterday.

The new UKTV Original series is an observational documentary following iconic British miniature model maker Hornby. Currently in production, the new series follows Hornby’s staff of engineers and model makers as well as collectors and model shop owners.

Based at the company’s HQ in Kent, Hornby: A Model World is a nostalgic look at the world’s most famous modelling 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 trying to get these much-loved collector’s pieces to their customers on time and on budget, exploring how, by studying the original full-sized machines, these replicas are faithfully reproduced in miniature with incredible attention to detail.  The series also features a passionate community of collectors and their layouts; whose expertise and knowledge is invaluable to the company.

The UKTV Original series has been commissioned by senior commissioning editor Helen Nightingale and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey. The series is produced by Rare TV and the executive producer is Emma Barker. Flame Distribution handles worldwide sales outside UK and Eire.

UKTV’s 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 said, “Hornby have welcomed us into their wonderful world and we’re delighted to be sharing it with Yesterday’s audience.  It is the perfect home for the programme.”

Yesterday’s Gerald Casey said, “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.”

Flame Distribution’s SVP Acquisitions Philip Barnsdall-Thompson added, “As Hornby recently celebrated its centenary year, this exclusive access series promises to reveal all about this iconic company and will no doubt enchant model enthusiasts the world over.”

Hornby: A Model World is filming now. The series will air on Yesterday later in 2021.


Image: © Hornby

Jon Creamer

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