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Archie Productions to make Sea King doc with John Sergeant

Archie Productions to make Sea King doc with John Sergeant
Staff Reporter
21 September 2012

Archie Productions has won a new commission from BBC Two, The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past, presented by John Sergeant.

Executive produced by Lindsay Bradbury for the BBC and Jenny Cole for Archie Productions, the 60-minute special documentary celebrates the helicopter designed to save lives as well as fight battles
In The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past, Sergeant returns to continue his celebration of British Aviation excellence, following on from his documentary on the Spitfire.

“The Spitfire doc hit a real nerve with the audience,” says Bradbury. “Millions of Brits relish the thrills of our Airshows every year and this sequel taps into one of our national passions.”

Jenny Cole, executive producer at Archie Productions adds: “Having established ourselves in the factual arena, we are thrilled to have won this new commission from the BBC, extending our Britain’s Flying Past franchise.”

Although in service since 1969, Sea Kings first captured the imagination of the British public in the Falklands in 1982. More recently the Sea King has been flown by Prince William in his role as a Search and Rescue pilot with the 22 Squadron at RAF Valley, Anglesey.  As its retirement draws near, John Sergeant will travel in an RNAS sea king helicopter and meet members of the public whose lives have been affected by the helicopter in its search and rescue capacity.

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