A+E Networks UK has signed on for a wartime-focused docuseries entitled Defenders of the Sky – The Story of the Airfield (working title), to air on H2.
The Woodcut Media-produced series – which is currently in production and set to air early next year - is hosted by TV presenter Jules Hudson (pictured), who has previously fronted shows such as Britain’s Heritage Heroes and Dive WWII – Our Secret History.
The series follows Hudson as he explores Britain’s hidden airfields and interviews veterans about what took place during each of the wars, as well as the Falklands conflict.
Defenders of the Sky is exec produced by Woodcut Media’s Kate Beal and was ordered by Rachel Job, director of programming for History and H2. The series will be distributed internationally by Flame Distribution.
“This exciting new series combines our viewers’ passion for our recent past with a fascination for British aviation and engineering prowess,” said Job in a statement. “It also demonstrates our growing commitment to UK-originated content on H2 and our increasing ambitions for the channel.”
Beal added: “We believe this documentary series will fascinate viewers. It will reveal startling gems and, up until now, little known facts about UK airbases, home to the Brits, Americans and Commonwealth air forces, and the very pilots that played an integral role nationally and internationally.
“The presenter, Jules Hudson, will fly a plane involved in a dog fight, parachute RAF style and attend glider training school – a true feast for any history and military enthusiast,” she added.