Liam Rudden: All aboard Sky TV’s East Coast rail express

All Aboard: East Coast Trains. Pic: Sky
All Aboard: East Coast Trains. Pic: Sky
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IF, like me, you’re a regular traveller with East Coast Trains, then set your Skybox to record Sky 1 HD at 8pm for the next nine weeks.

Last night saw the start of the new series, All Aboard: East Coast Trains, which takes viewers behind the scenes as a specially liveried train trundles back and forth between Edinburgh and London.

Regulars on the Capital to Capital route might recall seeing the on-board posters a few months back, asking for anyone planning an interesting journey to get in touch with the programme makers.

Anyway, the livery of the Sky 1 HD train features several of the staff who appear in the series - like the Skyfall train, which proved a big hit last year, only without the Walther PPK.

The show follows East Coast’s 24 hours a day, seven days a week, operation. Calling at Edinburgh, Newcastle, Leeds and London, the documentary series charts life on one of Britain’s busiest railway routes... “revealing the trials, the tribulations and the triumphs enjoyed by some of the unsung heroes of the railway and the people who travel with them every day.”

Travel documentaries are ridiculously popular, just look at the airport-set series over the years, or the recent Channel Five series, The Railway - I put it down to the drama that is created by the stress of travel.

Yes, it seems there’s nothing we enjoy more than watching frustrated travellers who are running late, loosing their cool, safe in the knowledge that we would never behave like that. But then, with more than 19 million passengers every year, the biggest thrill for many of All Aboard will be trying to spot themselves.

All Aboard: East Coast Trains, Sky 1 HD, Tuesdays, 8pm