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.