TfL launches official podcast to celebrate Tube’s 160th anniversary

Podcast miniseries is hosted by historian and TV presenter Tim Dunn

Transport for London (TfL) has launched an official four-part podcast series in celebration of the 160th anniversary of the London Underground network, deep diving into the history and impact of the stations. 

The podcast series, titled Mind the Gap - Tube 160, is hosted by historian Tim Dunn, who is known for specialising in the history of rail transport and architecture with his current role as the presenter of UKTV’s Secrets of the London Underground. 

“As a huge Tube enthusiast for all of my life, it’s a privilege to take the audience on a journey through fascinating and unusual aspects of the Tube network – to celebrate the 160 year anniversary of London Underground,” said Dunn. “Each episode is an open love letter to the Tube, sharing the enthusiasm and dedication of fellow transport lovers, customers and TfL staff.”

Each episode features Dunn in conversation with a number of people who show a different aspect of the London Underground as they travel through stations. Guests include TfL’s frontline staff uniform designer Wayne Hemingway, photographer and ‘Tube Mapper’ Luke Agbaimoni, TfL people and places manager Ann Gavaghan, and more. 

The first three episodes of the series are out today and cover three main themes including architecture, innovation, and connecting people and places. In addition to those episodes, a Christmas special will also be released later this month with special guest, TV and radio presenter Rylan, talking about his love of the tube as they travel towards his home in Essex.

Mind the Gap is developed and produced by podcast agency 18Sixty which specialises in creating branded podcasts. Gareth Evans, founder of 18Sixty, said that the podcast is an “honour” for him to work on, having lived in London for 12 years and taken the Tube daily, and that the podcast is not just a collection of stories but a journey through the heart of London which he hopes will resonate with both Londoners and listeners worldwide. 

“We've had the extraordinary privilege of collaborating with one of the world's most recognised brands, Transport for London,” said Evans. “With its rich 160-year legacy, the Tube is woven into the fabric of London and whenever TfL does anything, from the biggest of campaigns to everyday signage, it's done in their own iconic style.

“Imagine the depth of stories you uncover when you're working with a brand that's an integral part of millions of daily lives.”