UK pubcaster Channel 4 has commissioned Darlow Smithson Productions to explore the rise and fall of the De Havilland Comet in Comet: A Great British Air Disaster.
The one-hour documentary tells the story of the world’s first passenger jet airline, which was designed during World War II by a secret committee of British scientists. In 1954, a number of Comet aircrafts started crashing, and British aviation experts set out to find why.
The doc will use first-hand accounts, expert interviews and rare archive to examine this chapter of the history of British aviation.
“A series of mysterious crashes involving the revolutionary Comet aircraft threatened the whole future of the British aircraft industry,” said Julian Ware, creative director at DSP, in a statement. “The investigation into the cause not only solved a mystery that made modern jet flight possible but also gave birth to modern air crash investigation.”
Comet: A Great British Air Disaster (working title) was executive produced by Julian Ware and Greg Lanning and directed by Anna Thompson at DSP. It was commissioned by Jill Fullerton-Smith at Channel 4.