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Archie returns to aviation with BBC2

BBC2 has commissioned UK indie Archie Productions to produce a doc on The Sea King helicopter, a follow up to the company's previous Britian's Flying Past entry on British Spitfire fighter planes.
September 20, 2012


BBC2 has commissioned UK indie Archie Productions to produce a doc on The Sea King helicopter, a follow-up to the company’s previous Britain’s Flying Past entry on British Spitfire fighter planes.

The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past sees presenter John Sergeant guiding viewers through the history of The Sea King, an aircraft that has been in service since 1969 and was piloted by both Prince Andrew and Prince William to save British lives.

In the 60-minute special, Sergeant will fly across the British landscape meeting members of the public whose lives have been changed by The Sea King’s search and rescue capacity, as the helicopter’s retirement draws near.

“The Spitfire doc hit a real nerve with the audience. Millions of Brits relish the thrills of our airshows every year and this sequel taps into one of our national passions,” said Lindsay Bradbury, BBC’s commissioning executive editor for daytime.

The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past is executive produced by Lindsay Bradbury for the BBC and Jenny Cole for Archie Productions.

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Justin Anderson joined Realscreen as senior staff writer in 2021, reporting and writing stories for the newsletter and magazine. During his 20-year career he’s filled a variety of roles as a writer and editor at a number of media organizations, covering news and current affairs as well as business, tech, the film and music industries and plenty in between. He’s also spent time behind the scenes in television production, having written everything from voiceover scripts for documentaries to marketing copy. He has a degree in Journalism from Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson University).

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