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Nige321 2nd Jan 2019 09:04

Red Arrows on channel 5 - 'Kings Of The Sky'
 
New 6-part series coming January 9th on Channel 5

Documentary series following Britain's premier flight squadron. A new team leader arrives to design and develop fresh and ambitious manoeuvres for the 2018 season. (S1 Ep 1)
Channel 5


Channel 5 has commissioned ITV Studios-owned production label Shiver for a six-part doc series on aerobatic squadron the Red Arrows.The channel has ordered a 6 x 60-minute series entitled The Red Arrows: Kings Of The Sky, which is to air on 9 January at 9pm.

The Red Arrows are the world’s most renowned aerobatic display team, famous for precision flying and synchronised manoeuvres.Across the series, Channel 5 tells the story of the squadron as it creates a new display and embarks on a challenging season. The series also showcases the work of the ground crews, engineers and back room teams who help to coordinate shows. The Red Arrows: Kings of the Sky is produced and directed for Shiver by Jamie Simpson.

The series is the third military programme recently commissioned by Channel 5, following the success of Warship: Life at Sea and Raw Recruits: Squaddies at 16.Guy Davies, commissioning editor for factual at Channel 5, said: “We are incredibly proud to deliver the most in-depth documentary on the Red Arrows in a generation. We’ll get to know the cast of characters, and put Channel 5 viewers right at the heart of the action, giving them a taste of what it’s like to be in the cockpit of a jet flying complex aerobatics at 600 mph, within just six feet of its neighbour’s wing tips.”Mike Blair, exec producer at Shiver, added: “This is a series that not only showcases some of the most jaw-dropping flying and aerobatics, it also gets up close and personal to an amazing group of people, the pilots and engineers who make up the Red Arrows. They gave us 12 months of access during one of the hardest years in their history, revealing their human face as they dealt with tragedy, and their passion and professionalism in the sky and on the ground.”

Parson 2nd Jan 2019 11:44

"600 mph within just six feet of its neighbour's wing tips" - is that right?

Pure Pursuit 2nd Jan 2019 18:44

Distance wise, yes, whilst in formation. Speed wise, no! I think they’re closer to around 360 knots

Oppostion passes are 100ft apart.

Tankertrashnav 3rd Jan 2019 00:06

As this is Channel 5 I assume we will be treated to the usual time wasting nonsense of them telling us what's coming up after the break, and then after the break reminding us that we are watching a programme about the Red Arrows, in case we had forgotten! If it's anything like their recent effort on the RAF's last 100 years I'm not holding out much hope.

600 mph? I doubt if their routines are done at that sort of speed, but in any case as Pure Pursuit points out its the relative speed that matters.

Nige321 9th Jan 2019 20:57

All rather Channel 5...:D

Pure Pursuit 9th Jan 2019 21:04


Originally Posted by Nige321 (Post 10356461)
All rather Channel 5...:D

Actually, the team came over very well. Far better than previous efforts.

Well done Channel 5 (never thought I’d ever say that!).

Phantom Driver 9th Jan 2019 21:33


Actually, the team came over very well. Far better than previous efforts.
Agree 100% . Let's hope the other episodes continue in similar manner .
(poignant note ; interesting account about the collision on the opposition crossover; very lucky to have just one ejection and no fatalities . Brought back memories of my instructor on Gnats at Valley in the early '70s ( Ted G ) . Joined the Arrows shortly after and 2 jets collided doing the same type of manoeuvre during training . Sadly , Ted was one of the four who lost their lives that day)

Good Business Sense 9th Jan 2019 22:37

Really enjoyed the program - absolutely wonderful to see the wee boy who used to live next door in a red suit :)

jimjim1 10th Jan 2019 01:28

Thanks.

and some padding

Old and Horrified 10th Jan 2019 15:17

I enjoyed the programme but that last approach (at about 54 mins in) seemed to me to be extremely low and to barely reach the threshold of a very long runway. Is that a normal approach for the Red Arrows?

orca 10th Jan 2019 16:29

All landings get low at some point!😉

spekesoftly 10th Jan 2019 16:50

Judging by the tyre marks on the piano keys, it's a regular occurrence. Great programme.

MPN11 10th Jan 2019 17:15

Having become inured to the Reds’ documentaries over the decades, with increasing apathy, I confess I enjoyed this.

Less bullsh*t and more in-depth than usual. Less diddley-up, more about the people who DO IT!

7/10 ... actually looking forward to next episodes.

AeroSpark 10th Jan 2019 17:18

Very enjoyable programme, really looking forward to the rest of the series (and to seeing them in the flesh a few times this summer!).
One thing I thought odd though, is it normal to go from an operational squadron stright into Red 1? I assumed the new leader was taken from the existing team?

Tashengurt 10th Jan 2019 18:06


Originally Posted by AeroSpark (Post 10357191)
Very enjoyable programme, really looking forward to the rest of the series (and to seeing them in the flesh a few times this summer!).
One thing I thought odd though, is it normal to go from an operational squadron stright into Red 1? I assumed the new leader was taken from the existing team?

Hadn't he been on the team fairly recently? I'm sure he features on my lads reds poster from 2016

champair79 10th Jan 2019 18:35

Most do their 3 years on the team, head off to a ‘normal’ flying role in the RAF before a select few get recalled and asked to lead the team. So yes, almost always Red 1 will come from outside the RAFAT initially although they must’ve served with the team before.

Champ

Percy Cute 11th Jan 2019 08:48

Acres better than anything the BBC has done broadcast recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.

RetiredBA/BY 11th Jan 2019 08:59

Quite an enjoyable programme.






RetiredBA/BY 11th Jan 2019 09:02


Originally Posted by Percy Cute (Post 10357711)
Acres better than anything the BBC has done recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.

There certainly seems to be some confusion there.

The crossover collision occurred at Kemble on Jan 20th 1971 and Ted G was not one if the four pilots lost.

I had been night flying at K very early on 20th before recovering to CFS at LR. So remember the tragedy only too well.

The backseaters were to be new team members.




Nige321 11th Jan 2019 09:04


Originally Posted by Percy Cute (Post 10357711)
Acres better than anything the BBC has done recently.
Mr Phantom driver: check your facts and edit your posting. Duff gen can cause distress to families.

The BBC, channel 5, C4 and ITV don't 'make' programmes like this.
The series was made by an independant production company.
It could easily have ended up on the BBC if they had chosen to pick it up.

The production values are down to the team who make it, not the broadcaster...


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