You'd be hard pushed to find a Geordie or, anyone from anywhere else in the region for that matter, who hasn't had at least one journey on the Metro and now the well-used mode of transport is getting its own prime-time documentary.

Metro: A Rail Life Story  is  a four-part documentary series which gives a unique insight into day to day operations on the Metro system as it gears up to celebrate its 40 anniversary.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, gave unprecedented access to film crews over the busy summer of 2019.

The first episode, which features thousands of people using Metro to get the Spice Girls concert at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light, will be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday night.

Managing Director of Nexus , Tobyn Hughes, said: “We’re all really looking forward to seeing the Tyne and Wear Metro showcased on national television.

“Our story is our passengers and our staff, so we were keen to share this through a documentary series as Metro gets ready to mark its 40 year.

“When we were approached about allowing TV crews unprecedented behind the scenes access, despite the challenges we face with a 40 year old fleet of trains, I had no hesitation in breaking with tradition and giving it the green light.

“This ITV series will show viewers some of the amazing people who work around the clock to deliver the Metro service to the people of Tyne and Wear over one of our busiest ever summers, culminating with the Great North Run.

“Metro is firmly part of everyday life and it has become an iconic regional brand over the years. It is part of the unique fabric of the North East that sets it apart from the rest of the country: friendly, hardworking, and with a unique cultural identity.

“This all comes over so well in all four episodes which have been made for ITV and I think people will really enjoy watching the programme.”