Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 28 February 1971
DURATION | 47 minutes 11 seconds
With dramatic mountain ranges, great rivers and natural resources, Wales has a landscape steeped in history and lore, evidenced by its many megaliths, forts and castles, which date back over 5,000 years. Its people are said to retain characteristics from both ancient Britain and the Mediterranean.
Narrator Rene Cutforth was a foreign correspondent for the BBC, reporting from some 74 countries on a diverse range of events including the Korean War and the Dalai Lama's escape to India. During the Second World War, Rene served in the Army and was seconded to the Ministry of Information. He was wounded and captured in North Africa, and taken as a prisoner of war to Italy and Germany.
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.
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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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