Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
Document Type | Memo
02 October 1950
The Head of Television Programmes invokes a nation of disappointed children in this memo complaining about the serious and, to the viewers, unexplained over-running of the UK's first live aerial broadcast, as covered by 'Newsreel'.
The reaction to the over-running of 'Operation Pegasus' may well have been exacerbated by the view held by many in the BBC that the programme had not been an unqualified success. This was because of the very windy conditions, which made the whole operation slower and much more difficult, and the fact that parts of the transmission failed when the pilot carried out 'steeply banked turns'.
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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