BBC Two has given the green-light to An RAF Summer, a four episode factual series from indie Archie Productions which examines the Red Arrows and the RAF Display Teams.
An RAF Summer will not only showcase the work of the well known Red Arrows, but lesser know display teams such as the Chinook helicopter team, the Typhoon display team and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, many of whom rely on volunteer work to be able to perform at the more than 900 air shows they are requested for during the Summer months.
The four part-series, which is currently in production, follows on from Archie Productions’ Red Arrows: Inside The Bubble, for which they were granted exclusive access to film the squadron. Jenny Cole is serving as the series producer, while Archie Productions’ John A. Marley and the BBC’s Lindsay Bradbury will serve as the executive producers.
An RAF Summer is the latest factual commission that Archie has secured from the BBC Two in the past few years. The channel previously commissioned the indie to produce three-part factual series Britains Flying Past and more recently the aforementioned Red Arrows: Inside The Bubble – the latter of which proved to be a ratings hits with an audience of 2.4 million viewers and 11.2% share.
“The Red Arrows are an internationally renowned institution and our exclusive access highlights the breadth and scope of work undertaken by all the RAF aerial display teams”, said executive producer John A. Marley. “These films offer a unique insight into their day to day life over the summer months. We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with the RAF and work again with BBC Two which has charged us with making four new specials and continues to show a commitment to our narrative documentaries.”