Aerial Journeys | Looking at the British landscape from the air
Document Type | Letter
30 September 1968
John Betjeman explains to producer Edward Mirzoeff that his name has been used by the BBC to get support for their filming of 'The Englishman's Home'. The problem was that Betjeman had not yet agreed to narrate and write for the film at this stage and he had been forced to deal with several embarrassing enquiries from his friends in country estates.
In his letter, John Betjeman refers to Lord Bath and 'the bloody animals', which is a reference to the safari park at Longleat. In 1966 the marquess of Bath, Henry Frederick Thynne, opened a safari park with circus impresario Jimmy Chipperfield. His decision to have a lion enclosure earned him the title 'the mad marquess' in the press. Despite this, Longleat safari park was a massive success and attracted over 100,000 visitors when it first opened.
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.
Helicopter filming causes problems for John Betjeman and chaos ensues at Longleat.
A feature on 'Bird's Eye View'.
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