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Good Aviation TV Programmes on Catch-up or Streaming

PostPosted:Tue Oct 13, 2020 9:49 pm
by Beaker
Can anyone recommend any good aviation-related TV programmes on the usual catch-up TV or streaming services? Especially things relating to flying in more remote parts of the world. I re-watched Worst Place to be a Pilot recently which I enjoyed seeing again; would love to check out a few more TV programmes of a similar nature :D

Re: Good Aviation TV Programmes on Catch-up or Streaming

PostPosted:Tue Oct 13, 2020 10:53 pm
by G-JWTP
Jet! When Britain ruled the skies.

BBC iplayer

Not much foreign stuff but a nicely put together precis.

G-JWTP

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PostPosted:Wed Oct 14, 2020 8:58 am
by Rob P
Second reply and already it veers off topic to suggest that whatever else you watch the 2019 film "Midway" is to be avoided like the plague.

The Spitfire documentary from about three years back is total magic.

The series "Inside the Spitfire Factory" which is currently running is a bit dragged out, but beats Emmerdale Farm or Britain's Got The Voice or whatever.

Rob P

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PostPosted:Wed Oct 14, 2020 9:18 am
by Boxkite
Ice Pilots?
A little bit over-dramatised, with a lot of 'coming up....'

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PostPosted:Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:29 pm
by skydriller
Theres a tv series call "The Aviators".
Ive accidentally discovered re-runs from 5years or so ago on Forces TV.

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PostPosted:Wed Oct 14, 2020 5:49 pm
by jev_flyer
Flying across Britain with Arthur Williams. Was on Channel 4, but now I think on Amazon Prime.

His enthusiasm is infectious.

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PostPosted:Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:32 pm
by Boxkite
And 'Flying to the ends of the Earth' was OK too.

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PostPosted:Thu Oct 15, 2020 7:40 pm
by Beaker
What an awesome list :D I've made a start on Ice Pilots which is just perfect for me right now. The rest will surely get a watch soon as well.

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PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 9:57 am
by kanga
Beaker wrote:.. I've made a start on Ice Pilots...


from where is it available ? We have only Freeview and free streaming sources ..

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PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:50 am
by defcribed
Boxkite wrote:A little bit over-dramatised, with a lot of 'coming up....'


Unfortunately nearly all documentaries are done like this now. Most of it is introductions, 'coming up' pieces, recaps of what's gone before, subject speaking to camera away from the action, dramatic still shots, suspense building, fake jeopardy, etc.

It massively reduces cost because the actual content (which might be quite expensive to make) is reduced to no more than a few minutes in a whole hour-long programme.

It also panders to the modern audience who can't (or don't want to) concentrate on anything.

Re-watch anything made before about 2000 and it's quite refreshing to see it done properly.

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PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:08 am
by ROG
Masses of aviation on UTUBE including old TV programs.
Back country flying, night witches--in russian with subtitles.
Landing at nearly every airfield. WW1 and 2 documentaries etc etc
Worth a punt if you haven"t already tried it.

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PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 11:44 am
by Hooligan
Agree that constantly reviewing the programme so far or anticipating what's to come is an unnecessary evil. There's probably more interview in the can, use that...

Also annoys me that talking heads are often introduced when they first appear and not for subsequent appearances so if you are late joining the programme - or have a sieve like memory like me - you've no idea who they are. Watched a documentary the other night that labelled each person every time they appeared - thank you!

Re: Good Aviation TV Programmes on Catch-up or Streaming

PostPosted:Fri Oct 16, 2020 10:21 pm
by Beaker
kanga wrote:
Beaker wrote:.. I've made a start on Ice Pilots...


from where is it available ? We have only Freeview and free streaming sources ..


I'm watching it on Amazon Prime. Certainly worth the tenner or so per month along with the free next day delivery :D

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PostPosted:Sat Oct 17, 2020 11:27 am
by SafetyThird
There's a Canadian series called Jetstream, which I can only find on. YouTube now, but it follows a bunch of Canadian pilots through the fighter training and which I thought was very well done. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=P ... HBiSkFxCvh

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PostPosted:Sat Oct 17, 2020 12:49 pm
by Ben Twings
'Flying Wild Alaska' is on Discovery in the US, so you will need a proxy or VPN to view it, or pay per view on Amazon prime. Lots of clips on YouTube.
'Plane resurrection' on PBS now maybe C4