The Smithsonian Channel launched in the UK and Ireland in February 2019 and is available on Virgin (Channel 295), Sky (Channel 195), Freesat (Channel 175) and Freeview (Channel 99)
‘Aerial Britain’ reveals three of the world’s most fascinating and culturally diverse nations like never before. Together, England, Wales and Scotland comprise the island of Britain, but each of these ancient lands has its own unique appeal.
Tile Films four–part series ‘Aerial Britain’, produced for the Smithsonian Channel, takes viewers on a journey to four regions of Britain: Southern England, Northern England, Wales and Scotland, discovering the cultural and historical significance of the island from breath-taking heights. Filmed from helicopters and drones equipped with cutting edge 4K/Ultra High Definition cameras, ‘Aerial Britain’ presents views of stunning iconic landmarks, both natural and man-made, as well as fascinating monuments off the beaten path.
The series starts this Friday with Southern England, which explores a region of Victorian engineering marvels, ancient spiritual sites and one of the world’s greatest cities, London, along with its famed River Thames. From the dramatic headlands that gave birth to King Arthur to the town where Shakespeare strutted his stuff, to the glittering towers of London’s financial district, this episode soars across 2,000 years of history, capturing the distinctive spirit of this gateway to Britain.
Subsequent episodes of ‘Aerial Britain’ include Northern England, starting Friday, 14th June, Wales, starting Friday, 21st June and Scotland, starting Friday 28th June at 9 p.m.
‘Aerial Britain’ was directed by Tile Films’ Managing Director Stephen Rooke (Sacred Sites, Aerial Ireland, Saving the Titanic, Waterways). The series producers were Stephen Rooke and Maeve Kenny. Colm Hogan was Director of Photography and Roman Bugovskiy and Alex Wulf were drone operators. The series was edited by Jim Dalton and Kevin Cooney. Sound mixing was conducted by Killian Fitzgerald of Avatar Audio Post Production. Picture post production was provided by Outer Limits with Ciara Walsh as post production supervisor, Eugene McCrystal as colorist, Rory Gavin as online editor and Eric Dolan in charge of VFX. Darragh O’Keeffe, Tile Films Head of Post Production was in charge of the production workflow and all final deliverables. Music was composed by Giles Packham and Sarah Lynch, with scripts by Niall Murphy and Tile Films Head of Development, David Ryan, who was also in charge of the research team. The narrator is Dugald Bruce-Lockhart. Suzanne Colwell was production manager and Charlotte Gygax was production coordinator. The production assistants were Charlie Smith and Aoife Quinn.
‘Aerial Britain’ is produced by Tile Films Limited for Smithsonian Networks with the support of Section 481, Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit. Stephen Rooke is executive producer for Tile Films Limited. Charles Poe and David Royle are executive producers for the Smithsonian Channel.