UK indie Archie Productions is serving up a love letter to British Spitfire fighter planes for BBC2 in a special called Britain’s Flying Past.
The one-off documentary will air on BBC2 this fall, and marks the first primetime factual special commission for Archie Productions.
Hosted by journalist and flying enthusiast John Sergeant, the special celebrates the 75th anniversary of the Spitfire by documenting the birth of the fighter plane, seen as one of the high points of British design, to its retirement.
Britain’s Flying Past was commissioned by Janice Hadlow and Liam Keelan for BBC2, and executive produced by Lindsay Bradbury for the BBC and Jenny Cole for Archie Productions.
John Marley, creative director at Archie Productions, said: “We are excited to be moving into factual production with such a high profile commission. Britain’s Flying Past celebrates a British icon.”
Sergeant added: “This really has been a labor of love. Any kid brought up in the 1950s and who was mad on planes – like me - would jump at the chance.”