Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
Document Type | Internal Memo
10 September 1950
An internal memo from Peter Dimmock, the Assistant Head of Outside Broadcasts, to the Controller of Television outlining the costs of 'Operation Pegasus' explaining some of the lessons learnt, and noting future plans for further aerial broadcasts. The BBC archive has the test footage of this broadcast as shown in 'Newsreel'.
Peter Dimmock was a former RAF pilot. He joined the BBC in 1946 and was a producer or commentator on more than 500 television relays, including many 'firsts': the Olympic Games (1948), the first international television relay, from Calais (1950), King George VI's funeral (1952), the Coronation from Westminster Abbey (1953), the first televised state opening of Parliament (1958), the first TV Grand National (1960), and Princess Margaret's wedding (1960). He also created the programme 'Sportsview'.
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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