Factual producer Arrow Media and UK funding, sales and distribution agency Drive have inked their first deal for the show Flights from Hell.
The series (6 x 60 minutes), commissioned by British network Channel 5, is the first collaboration between the two companies, with Drive securing a range of international pre-sales to co-finance the series, and Arrow responsible for all aspects of the production.
“Arrow has been at the forefront of aviation-related programming for many years, so when a number of our international clients indicated to us that they were interested in a series of this nature, we knew they would be the right partner,” said Ben Barrett, joint managing director, Drive, in a statement.
Flights from Hell unveils what it’s like to live through catastrophic events onboard an aircraft. The background science to each event is brought to life with the help of experts, CGI reconstructions and official investigation footage to provide insights into what went wrong. Each episode is themed, and the series covers mechanical failure, pilot error, landings, terrorism, extreme weather, and passengers.
The stories include a small passenger aircraft crash off Hawaii which led to an attempt to survive in shark-infested waters; an error in the cockpit that caused an airliner to crash land and slide down the runway for over 2,000 feet, and the passenger who confronted a terrorist threatening to bomb his plane.
The series is executive produced by Ash Potterton and series produced by Stuart Strickson and will bow on Channel 5 this summer.
Flights from Hell builds on Arrow’s portfolio of aviation-related programming, including Ultimate Airport Dubai for National Geographic Channel, and Planes That Changed The World for Smithsonian Channel.
The series will be distributed internationally as World’s Worst Flights. It joins Arrow’s other Channel 5 commissions worldwide, including World’s Greatest Mountains, distributed by EOne and Inside Balmoral, distributed by FremantleMedia.