Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 25 December 1969
DURATION | 50 minutes
'Bird's Eye View' traces the origins of the British seaside holiday, said to lie with King George III. Concentrating on the South West, the flying camera captures the natural beauty and character of the British people beside the sea. The programme was written and narrated by poet John Betjeman, who was famous for being well versed in myth and mirth.
Britain's climate and coastline are partly created by the sea. The Atlantic Ocean continually shapes the South West peninsula, a diverse coastline consisting of dramatic headlands and contrasting lowlands. Pockets of tough granite offer most resistance to the elements. Marine deposits from the Devonian period (some 400 million years ago) have been found inland, indicating that the area was once covered by ocean. In the medieval era, 'ship money' was levied by the English Crown on coastal regions to maintain the Navy during war time. Its revival and enforcement as a general nationwide tax by King Charles I in 1634 resulted in widespread opposition and was a contributing factor to the outbreak of the English Civil War.
Aerial photographers discuss their work from the early 1900s onwards.
The air ambulance of Renfrew is called into action.
News report on the first live television filming from the air.
Raymond Baxter reports on the South Coast Air Race.
The BBC makes its second attempt to broadcast live from the air.
The first episode of a groundbreaking series on Britain as viewed from the air.
Aerial views of mankind's various modes of transport through the ages.
What were the implications for a countryside under constant threat of development?
Britain's seaside life, viewed from the air.
'Tomorrow's World' explores the scientific feat of aerial photo mapping.
An aerial journey from a lighthouse in the South West to the north of the Shetland Isles.
Take a journey over land and through time with this film of Wales shot entirely from the air.
John Noakes meets members of the Red Arrows.
Britain's ancient past is discovered from the air.
Glide over Wiltshire in a hot-air balloon.
A natural history programme on Ice Age Britain.
Britain's coastline as you've never seen it before.
Six intrepid teams race their microlights across the roof of England.
Janet Ellis takes to the skies as she trains for a freefall parachute jump.
Reflections of a mountaineer while climbing in the Lake District.
The costs of the first live broadcast from the air.
A 'Radio Times' draft and article about the BBC's first live broadcast from an aeroplane.
The Head of Television Programmes criticises 'Operation Pegasus'.
Cecil McGivern finds further fault with 'Operation Pegasus'.
Ideas for the first 'Bird's Eye View' episode.
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