A long-lost video with a fresh-faced Robson Green promoting the Tyne and Wear Metro has been discovered - more than 20 years after it went missing.
The educational video, which the Geordie actor appeared in before he shot to fame on TV, was commissioned in the mid-1980s to deter anti-social behaviour on the Metro system.
It is thought to be one of Green’s first on-screen appearances.
A few years after the footage was shot, the one and only copy was misplaced. It was feared that it may never see the light of day again.
But the video has suddenly re-appeared on YouTube. It was shot in 1985, with Green playing the role of a Metro driver introducing a scheme called Metro Watch, which encourages young people to take pride in their Metro system, and to report incidents of disorder.
Pupils from Burnside High School in Wallsend also appear in the 16-minute feature, which follows the story of a group of teenagers who are introduced to the Metro Watch scheme by Green’s character.
Two youths are then apprehended through the Metro Watch scheme after they mug a pensioner at a station.
Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, says it is pleased to see the footage again so it can be retained for heritage purposes.
Huw Lewis, corporate manager for customer services and communications at Nexus, said: “It’s great news that this video has turned up after all these years.
“We hired a young Robson Green in 1985 to shoot a video that we could show in local schools to promote good behaviour when travelling on the Tyne and Wear Metro.
“Little did we know back then that Robson would go on to become such a big star and a household name. We think it might be one of his first screen roles.
“Videos like this are part of Metro’s heritage. We thought it had been lost.
“We’d love to know who actually has the original cassette, and I’d encourage them to get in touch with us.
“I hope Robson won’t mind the video reappearing and that it doesn’t embarrass him too much!”
Robson Green shot to fame in 1991 playing Fusilier Dave Tucker in Soldier Soldier, a series which ran until 1995.
He went on to star in Wire In The Blood between 2002 and 2008.
Green, 50, has also fronted his own TV programme, Extreme Fishing, filmed at exotic locations across the world.
Closer to home, he has filmed a documentary series about his native North East England, Tales From Northumberland, on ITV1.
In his latest drama series, Strike Back: Legacy, on Sky 1, Green plays a former SAS hero alongside Philip Winchester, Sullivan Stapleton and Michelle Yeoh.