It seems the BBC catering to all audiences this for the summer, with this years top 8pm feature going to be “Planespotting Live”
And this does sound like exactly what you think it does. Quoting from the introduction:
There have never been more planes in our skies – earlier this year 9,000 of them flew over UK airspace in just one day, an all-time record. Now, BBC Four is opening up the skies to give viewers an unprecedented insight into what is flying over their heads at any one time, by joining forces with an enthusiastic band of homegrown experts: planespotters.
Right. Onto the presenting team
Live across three nights, Peter Snow, Andi Peters, Zoe Laughlin and Arthur Williams, each aviation enthusiasts in their own right, are at prime planespotting sites across the country to delve deep into the world of aviation. Their mission: to spot as many of the different types of planes in UK airspace as possible, from the common to the unusual. And they are asking the British public to help, by sending in images of their spots. We will learn about the hundreds of different models of commercial, private and military aircraft that are making their way across the skies as we go about our daily lives.
Great. Audience interaction too. This can’t be worse than Trainspotting Live last year can it?
Supported by a rich mix of character-led short films, the series covers everything planespotter-related, from the teams lovingly restoring Britain’s forgotten planes, to the proud owner of the UK’s biggest sick bag collection, to exploring the materials that are at the frontier of aeronautical engineering.
You had me me at sickbag collection.
This is not just a show for unashamed aviation geeks, this is for anyone with a passion for travel, history and our heritage. With a mixture of archive, personal stories and remarkable tales of single-minded dedication this series is finally giving voice to, and celebrating, those whose passions are planes.
Ah. This is the intresting bit – and it will be intresting to see how they mix the different aspects together. And there’s some interesting bits too – as episode one will look at the world of long haul flying as well as Beluga hunting (the A300-600ST… not actual belugas…)
A wider audience?
Last year, BBC4 did Trainspotting Live – a mixture of documentary footage, user generated content and some of the science and mathematics that explained concepts of railways.
Hopefully Planespotting Live will cover such subjects and add context to the joy of aviation.
It’s on BBC4 live, on catchup services and BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m00071qg, as well as Wednesday and Thursday.
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