Airport (TV series)

Airport (TV series)

Infobox Television
show_name = Airport

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format = Documentary
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runtime = 30 mins
creator =
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starring =
narrated = John Nettles (1996–2005)
Liza Tarbuck (2005)
Robert Webb (2008)
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country = UK
network = BBC
first_aired = 1996
last_aired = 2005:
Return to... Airport 14 July 2008 – 24 July 2008
num_episodes = 60 (Estimated)
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"Airport" is a British documentary television series based at London Heathrow Airport, the world's busiest international airport, [cite web|url=|title=BAA Heathrow] broadcast by the BBC and syndicated to Dave, part of the UKTV network.

The show is a fly-on-the-wall series following a handful of passengers and staff based at the airport, who work for the airlines, BAA, (the airport operator), the animal reception centre, which handles all animals arriving and departing through the airport, the ambulance, fire and police services serving the airport, customs and immigration, resident press and others. The airlines and staff featured tend to change from series to series. However, certain staff feature in multiple series. The first series of "Airport" aired on BBC Two in 1996. Originally intended to be a low-key behind-the-scenes documentary, the emergence of several memorable recurring characters gave the show a docusoap feel. As a result the series was transferred to a primetime BBC One slot the following year. Special fame was gained by Jeremy Spake, an Aeroflot employee, whose flamboyance earned him a series of short 'bumpers' on UKTV People explaining how to best use airports. Other airlines featured throughout the series are Aer Lingus, BMI, Canadian Airlines, Cyprus Airways, Czech Airlines, El Al, Emirates Airline, Gulf Air, Icelandair, Iran Air, Jat Airways, Kuwait Airways, Pakistan International, Qantas, Qatar Airways and Virgin Atlantic.

There have also been several special "Airport" programmes over the years featuring airports other than Heathrow, such as Frankfurt and Edinburgh.

The opening titles and music were given a make over for the start of the 7th series in 2002. From the 7th series onwards, incidental music (composed by Cherry Lodge) was added over the scenes shown on screen. The title music was once again revamped for the 10th series in 2005. In addition, Liza Tarbuck replaced John Nettles as the show's narrator for series 10.

Celebrities who have been seen on the show include Stephen Fry, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Joan Collins, Michael Jackson, British boy band Blue, Marillion, Brian May, Tom Jones, Kate Winslet, Engelbert Humperdinck, David Beckham, runner Kriss Akabusi, Al Pacino, Erin O'Connor and several heads of state including Queen Elizabeth II, the President of Latvia and U.S. President Bill Clinton.

Regular contributors

John Cull, Qantas Airport Manager, appears in 17 episodes of the series.
Jeremy Spake, Aeroflot Airlines Manager makes frequent appearances in the series. Maria Demetriou of Cyprus Airways appears in many shows. Animal Health Officer Stuart King, Royal Suite manager Anita Newcourt and Journalists Russell Clisby and Steve Meller all contribute in many of the series.

Other Contributors

These include;

Production status

Repeats of "Airport" are currently being shown daily on Dave and UKTV People, and they will often run an "Airport" day or weekend, showing back-to-back episodes for the duration of the day or weekend. Repeats can also be seen on BBC One, although less frequently. There was a new series broadcast in the first half of 2005, which finished in July 2005. Several episodes were broadcast, before a gap of about a month, then the rest of the series was shown. It is not yet known if another series will be produced."Airport" is also shown once a week on the Australian Lifestyle channel, a feature channel on Australia's Foxtel Digital network and also screens on the AUSTAR cable/satellite network.It is also aired on free-to-air network the Nine Network.

eries guide

*Series 1 - 6 x 30 minutes (1996) BBC Two
*Series 2 - 6 x 30 minutes (1997) BBC One
*Series 3 - 6 x 30 minutes (1998) BBC One
*Series 4 - 6 x 30 minutes (1999) BBC One
*Series 5 - 6 x 30 minutes (2000) BBC One
*Series 6 - 6 x 30 minutes (2001) BBC One
*Series 7 - 6 x 30 minutes (2002) BBC One
*Series 8 - 6 x 30 minutes (2003) BBC One
*Series 9 - 6 x 30 minutes (2004) BBC One
*Series 10 - 6 x 30 minutes (2005) BBC One

Return to... Airport

On 14 July 2008, the BBC broadcast a new series titled "Return to... Airport". The show featured interviews with stars of the original series and behind the scenes recollections from 'cast' members, as well as original series highlights. [ [ The Guardian, 10 July, 2008] ]

imilar programmes

* "Airline" - (UK/USA)
* "Animal Airport" - (UK)
* "Luton Airport - (UK)


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