UKTV take a nostalgic look at famous modelling company Hornby

Yesterday has commissioned Hornby: A Model World. 

The ten-episode observational documentary follows iconic British miniature model maker Hornby.

Currently in production, the series follows Hornby’s staff of dedicated engineers and model makers as well as collectors and model shop owners.

“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.” – Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey

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.

“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.” – UKTV senior commissioning editor Helen Nightingale

Hornby: A Model World is filming now, adhering to all COVID-19 procedures and regulations by Rare TV Productions. The series will air on Yesterday later this year.


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