BBC2 takes flight with “RAF Summer”

Pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a four-hour factual series documenting Britain's Royal Air Force (pictured) from UK indie Archie Productions.
June 17, 2015

Pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a four-hour factual series documenting Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) from UK indie Archie Productions.

Tentatively titled An RAF Summer (pictured), the 4 x 60-minute series will reveal how the aerobatic displays of the Red Arrows – officially known as the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team – and fellow RAF display teams serve and protect the airspace above Great Britain.

The series is to take a backstage look into the drama, expertise and risk that accompanies an RAF summer presentation, and aims to follow four display teams including the Chinook helicopter team, the Typhoon display team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and finally, the Red Arrows.

The films are exec produced by Lindsay Bradbury for the BBC and John A. Marley for Archie Productions with Jenny Cole serving as series producer. Filming is currently underway on the docs.

“The Red Arrows are an internationally renowned institution and our exclusive access highlights the breadth and scope of work undertaken by all the RAF aerial display teams,” said Marley in a statement.

The BBC2 commission follows three previous factual specials by Archie Productions for the British pubcaster under the umbrella title Britain’s Flying Past - The SpitfireThe Sea King and The Lancaster - as well as the standalone film, Red Arrows: Inside the Bubble.

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