UKTV has commissioned a second series of Warbird Workshop (4×60’) for its factual channel, Yesterday.

The UKTV Original series is produced by Air TV. The series follows planes that have all played a significant part in military history but are now in need of drastic repairs, engineering expertise and time-consuming and costly restoration, from the workshop to the runway and, hopefully, back into the air.

The first series of Warbird Workshop featured the likes of a Spitfire, a Douglas C47 and a Westland Wessex that all challenged their mechanics, owners and pilots to their limits in order to get airborne again.  The new series features a Hawker Hurricane that (along with the Spitfire) helped to win the Battle of Britain, a US Navy N3N Biplane in which a former US president learnt to fly, a Waterbird Seaplane that is the exact replica of a plane personally championed by Winston Churchill, and a Westland Sea King helicopter that has saved thousands of lives. The series is once again voiced by Martin Shaw.

Warbird Workshop has been recommissioned for UKTV by deputy director of commissioning Hilary Rosen and ordered by Yesterday channel director, Gerald Casey. Kirsty Hanson is the executive producer for UKTV. The series is produced by Air TV and the executive producer is Ian Cundall and the series producer is Matt Richards.

UKTV’s Kirsty Hanson said: “The fascinating history, the dramatic stories and the skilled and passionate people behind these machines and their journey back to life are just wonderful. These are the stories we look to tell in a Yesterday commission and I’m so pleased Air TV have brought us more of them.”

Air TV’s Ian Cundall added: “We’re excited to be bringing some more amazing old warplanes back to life on Yesterday. From the iconic Hurricane to the extraordinary Waterbird Seaplane these aircraft have helped to write history. Several of the production team are pilots ourselves and we hope our passion shines through in the show.”

Yesterday’s Gerald Casey said: “The engineering and perseverance that goes into putting these astonishing machines back into the air is incredible. I’m thrilled Air TV can bring us more of these stories and I’m sure the Yesterday viewers are going to love them.”

Warbird Workshop has completed filming and will air on Yesterday in April 2021 and will also be available to catch-up on UKTV Play. Other recent UKTV Original commissions for Yesterday include, The Architecture The Railways Built, Restoration Workshop, and two further series of Bangers & Cash, which is also produced by Air TV.


Jon Creamer

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