Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 11 April 1976
DURATION | 25 minutes 05 seconds
Having made a reputation for himself as a bit of a daredevil, John Noakes continued to risk life and limb in this series. This edition sees him join the famous aerial stunt team the Red Arrows, sitting in on their debriefing and taking part in a simulated flying lesson. He's also a passenger in a practice display before helping the groundcrew prepare for a big show.
Yorkshireman John Noakes holds the record for longest-serving presenter of the children's magazine programme 'Blue Peter', having racked up 12 years and six months (though Konnie Huq was a presenter for just over 10 years, she holds the record for number of editions she presented - 966). The theme tune to this series is a rendition of 'On Ilkla Moor Baht 'at' ('On Ilkley Moor, without a hat'), a popular Yorkshire song sung to the tune of the hymn 'Cranbrook'.
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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