Trainspotting may be the pursuit of a niche demographic, but the BBC is confident a new live programme dedicated to the most unique of British obsessions will be a hit. The newly-commissioned Trainspotting Live on BBC Four will see veteran host Peter Snow and expert friends delight as different trains speed past on major railway lines. Broadcasting live over the course of three nights, the unlikely programme is expected to capture a variety of trains on camera “ from classic steam and diesel locomotives, to high-speed electric and rarer engines. Mr Snow will host the show from Didcot Heritage Railway Centre, along with mathematician Hannah Fry, while linking to presenter Dick Strawbridge, who will be stationed at specific spots all over the country. [From Mark Bartlett]
Trainspotting may be the pursuit of a niche demographic, but the BBC is confident a new live programme dedicated to the “most unique of British obsessions” will be a hit.