BBC Two announces British Airways series

Louise Duffy | 08-12-2013

BBC Two has announced a new observational documentary series about British Airways. The three-part series will feature unprecedented access to British Airways, exploring every aspect of the institution behind the scenes.

From training new recruits to the future of the organisation, the three-part documentary will be the most in-depth analysis of British Airways in 25 years.

Emma Willis, head of commissioning, documentaries BBC One, Two and Four, said: “From Transport for London to Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS In a Day, BBC Two has got to the heart of some of Britain’s most important organisations. This three-part series will capture the immense complexities of a business that powers the nation and will offer a unique insight into British Airways’ future.”

Nick Catliff, managing director for Lion Television, said: “It took a long time to persuade BA to give us access but we are now in the thick of filming. BA is a business of course but it’s also an iconic British institution with a unique culture and history. This is just the right moment to be going to the heart of BA as it handles difficult transformational changes and introduces new planes, flies to new destinations, trains new staff and deals with everything from cyclones and bird strikes to demanding first-class passengers and fierce competition.”

The three-part series was commissioned by Willis and Janice Hadlow, controller of BBC Two, and will air in 2014. It will be executive produced by Catliff and Samantha Anstiss, commissioning editor for the BBC.