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Peter Snow, joined by avid planespotter Andi Peters, leads the nation in a glorious mass planespot.

There have never been more planes in our skies - earlier this year 9,000 of them flew over UK airspace in just one day, an all-time record. Now, BBC Four is opening up the skies to give viewers an unprecedented insight into what is flying over their heads at any one time, by joining forces with an enthusiastic band of homegrown experts: planespotters.

Live across three nights, Peter Snow, Andi Peters, Zoe Laughlin and Arthur Williams, each aviation enthusiasts in their own right, are at prime planespotting sites across the country to delve deep into the world of aviation. Their mission: to spot as many of the different types of planes in UK airspace as possible, from the common to the unusual. And they are asking the British public to help, by sending in images of their spots. We will learn about the hundreds of different models of commercial, private and military aircraft that are making their way across the skies as we go about our daily lives.

Supported by a rich mix of character-led short films, the series covers everything planespotter-related, from the teams lovingly restoring Britain's forgotten planes, to the proud owner of the UK’s biggest sick bag collection, to exploring the materials that are at the frontier of aeronautical engineering.

This is not just a show for unashamed aviation geeks, this is for anyone with a passion for travel, history and our heritage. With a mixture of archive, personal stories and remarkable tales of single-minded dedication this series is finally giving voice to, and celebrating, those whose passions are planes.

Episode One throws light on the world of long-haul flights – from the 747, now in its 50th year, to the brand new A350s, the next generation of long-haul aircraft. Our team goes on the lookout for these along with some of the most interesting cargo planes out there, notably the 'Beluga', the A300-600 ST freight plane with a unique nose not unlike the aforementioned whale.

Planespotting Live brings you a snapshot of all the planes up in the sky during the hour, providing analysis and context as we go, and revelling in this unique and wonderful world.

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Tue 23 Jul 2019 20:00

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Role Contributor
Presenter Peter Snow
Presenter Zoe Laughlin
Presenter Andi Peters
Presenter Arthur Williams
Executive Producer Will Daws
Executive Producer Emma Jay