TikTok superstar Francis Bourgeois is hitting the tracks for a unique five-part Channel 4 digital series, Trainspotting with Francis Bourgeois, produced by Untold Studios.
Across five episodes, Francis will be offering a unique perspective on the much misunderstood British pastime, where he’ll be joined by some of Britain’s favourite celebrities for an adventure of a lifetime, wild trainspotting across five different locations in the UK. In each episode a different famous face you might not expect to see on the platform edge, heads ‘off the rails’ with Francis in a heart-warming, eye-opening adventure, swapping life in the fast-lane for life by the rail side.
Francis with football star Jesse Lingard.
So what will a Premiership Ace, a Love Island-er or a Hip Hop Superstar make of hiding in a bush trying to spot a vintage locomotive? Will they share Francis’ trademark passion, or even, his binoculars?
Across the series Francis will be joined by football star Jesse Lingard, rapper AJ Tracey, comedian Aisling Bea, pop star Sam Ryder and Love Island-er Chloe Burrows. Each episode is a journey through the world according to Francis Bourgeois.
Each episode will be published on Channel 4's YouTube channel, with shorter versions published on Channel 4's Facebook, Instagram and TikTok from the 19th of October.
Eurovision sensation Sam Ryder joins Francis.
On the series, Francis said: “Trainspotting with Francis Bourgeois has been an absolute whirlwind. When I started making videos about my hobby I never thought anything like this would happen. It’s been totally surreal. Celebrities I’ve seen on TV, stages and sports stadiums, I’ve been able to take into my domain to show them how trains and all things mechanical engineering make me feel, hopefully making them feel something good too! Showcasing my passion in a way I have never been able to before, has been so liberating. Showing the ins and outs that make railway enthusiasm such a rollercoaster. I cannot wait to show you all!”
Commissioner Charlie Hyland explains: “We’re absolutely delighted to announce the series and to have taken such incredible guests on their first Trainspotting adventure! Watching Francis grow from a hugely popular and charming TikTok star into a brilliantly funny and authentic presenter, has been a joy which I can’t wait for the rest of the country to see.”
Francis takes a tip with Love Island's Chloe Burrows.
Creative director of Untold Studios, Iona Goulder, adds: “We’ve worked closely with the Channel 4 Digital team to showcase Francis’ purposefully off-beat, comedic charm and this really is digital content at its best. Francis Bourgeois’s encyclopedic knowledge of trains, planes and automobiles made the show a joy to produce. We cannot wait to see the reaction from audiences.”
The series was created and exec produced by Jonathan Levene and Iona Goulder at Untold Studios and commissioned by Charlie Hyland in Channel 4’s Digital Commissioning Team.