Secrets of the Transport Museum is back for second series in February
13 January 2022
Brooklands Museum will return to the nation’s screens on Tuesday 1st February as the hugely popular Secrets of the Transport Museum returns to Yesterday for a second series.
The first ten‐episode series, produced by Middlechild Productions for UKTV and filmed at the iconic motorsport and aviation venue in Surrey, brought to life the stories of pioneers both past and present that continue to make Brooklands a mecca for so many.
Series one launched strongly for the channel in March 2020, opening with a consolidated audience of 558,000 (2.6%)
The spirit of Brooklands has always been fueled by entrepreneurship, giving rise to a huge variety of businesses over the years. Among the fascinating stories captured in this second series, viewers will get an insight into the dynamic world of Brooklands in the 1920s as Mark Wardill recreates the motorbike that his great‐grandfather hoped would revolutionise the industry, only to watch it crash in front of two American investors on a rainy day in 1927.
The early years of aviation saw Brooklands take its place as the spiritual and physical home of those magnificent men and women and their flying machines; however, one of the most spectacular aviation challenges took place 30 years after the Track had closed for good, and the site had become a dedicated aircraft factory. In 1969, Tom Lecky‐Thompson was the winner of the Daily Mail Transatlantic Air Race, making use of a Royal Air Force Harrier Jump Jet to travel from London to New York in just six hours and twelve minutes. In episode two we see Tom reunited with the Harrier he flew at Brooklands Museum and relive this breathtaking experience that is hard to imagine today.
Brooklands has been the home of innumerable innovations over its 114‐year history, epitomised by the two outright lap record holders, the Napier‐Railton on four wheels and Brough Superior on two. In episode five we marvel at these feats of engineering as, for the first time, these two Titans square off against each other.
Tamalie Newbery, Brooklands Museum CEO said:
“Secrets of the Transport Museum has provided us with a wonderful opportunity to show the world some of the dedicated volunteers we have at the museum, and celebrate the unique stories of British innovation, endeavor and entrepreneurship at Brooklands, both past and present. The huge success of the first series shows how Brooklands continues to resonate with people today as we face the biggest shake‐up of the automotive and aviation industry since their inception. I am looking forward to seeing the reaction to some of the amazing stories series two will tell.”
David Sumnall, Managing Director Middlechild Productions said:
“We’re thrilled UKTV wanted to recommission the series and that Tamalie and the brilliant team at Brooklands allowed us to come back for more. Series one was fantastic, but this year is even bigger and better. Brooklands is a truly magical place, full of incredible stories and amazing characters. We can’t wait for everyone to tune in to see what we’ve been up to.”
Secrets of the Transport Museum returns to Yesterday channel every Tuesday at 8pm from 1st February. Watch on Sky 155, Virgin 129, FreeSat 159 and BT 26.