Aerial Britain

4 x 51 minute 4K UHD Aerial / History series


  • Executive Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Executive Producers – Charles Poe & David Royle
  • Series Producer – Stephen Rooke
  • Producer – Maeve Kenny
  • Director Stephen Rooke 
  • Writers – David Ryan & Niall Murphy
  • Editors – Jim Dalton & Kevin Cooney
  • Director of Photography – Colm Hogan
  • Drone Operators – Roman Bugovskiy & Alex Wulf
  • Dubbing MixerKillian Fitzgerald
  • Narrator – Dugald Bruce-Lockhart
  • Music Composers – Giles Packham & Sarah Lynch
RELEASE DATE: August 2018
GENRES: Science / History
SERIES FORMAT: 6 x 51 minute
PICTURE FORMAT: 4K UHD/ 16:9 / 25 fps
SOUND FORMAT: 5.1 Surround Sound
CO-PRODUCERS: Charles Poe & David Royle
  • Smithsonian Channel, USA
  • Section 481 – Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit

The hit aerial exploration series from Smithsonian Channel, AERIAL AMERICA, expands across the pond with the debut of AERIAL BRITAIN. This newest installment takes viewers on a journey to four regions of Britain, discovering the historical significance of the island from breathtaking 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. AERIAL BRITAIN premieres Sunday, April 28 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

The series kicks off with Southern England, which explores a region of Victorian engineering marvels, ancient spiritual sites and one of the world’s greatest cities (along with its famed River Thames). From the dramatic headlands that gave birth to King Arthur to the town where Shakespeare strutted his stuff and the glittering towers of London’s financial district, the premiere episode soars across 2,000 years of history, capturing the distinctive spirit of this gateway to the United Kingdom.

Subsequent episodes of AERIAL BRITAIN are:

Northern England

Showcases this birthplace of revolution, once the northern edge of the Roman Empire and today home to the soccer Mecca of Manchester. Northern England gave the world the fantasy hero Robin Hood, the horror fiend Dracula and the real-life musical sensations The Beatles. Inspired by a spirit of creativity, its people embrace their past and look to the future with ambition. This episode explores England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and a lake so beautiful that poet William Wordsworth described it as “a universe of fairest forms.”


This is a land of myth and majesty, of legendary kings and warrior rebels. With more castles per square mile than anywhere else in the world, here lie the hills that put the 

“stone” in Stonehenge and the secret hideaways where Led Zeppelin and Queen changed the history of music. This is a country that bears the indelible marks of 2,000 years of invasion but that forged its own destiny from the great monuments of its industrial past. The fierce Welsh tribes that defied William the Conqueror may be gone, but their hardy spirit lives on.


They may never find “Nessie” in the murky depths of Loch Ness, but from the air, Scotland is a revelation. This is a place of soaring peaks shrouded in mist and snow, of rugged glens that have seen war and tragedy, and a tiny island that once held an illustrious prisoner, Mary Queen of Scots. It’s a land of heroes, from hard rock musical icons like AC/DC to freedom fighters like Braveheart himself, William Wallace. This episode wanders from the seven hills of Edinburgh to a quiet glen in Perthshire that claims to be the oldest whisky distillery in Scotland.

AERIAL BRITAIN is produced by Tile Films Limited for Smithsonian Networks with the support of Section 481, Ireland’s Film Corporation Tax Credit. The series was directed by Stephen Rooke, who is also executive producer for Tile Films Limited. Charles Poe and David Royle are executive producers for Smithsonian Channel.

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