Britain From Above

CAN you guess who this is and where they are standing?
The image is taken from a stunning new BBC1 series called Britain From Above.
“It’s like Google Earth but for real,” explains presenter Andrew Marr.
That’s him on the roof of Manchester’s Beetham Tower for the opening sequence of the pioneering show.
I’ve watched the first programme three times now.
It contains amazing new images and perspectives shown for the first time on television.
Andrew was filmed from a circling helicopter as he stood talking to an on-board camera while on top of the tower.

That footage is then combined with aerial photos and computer generated images to zoom out from Deansgate into space.

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is used to trace the aerial ballet of hundreds of flights to and from Manchester Airport every day, along with those crossing our airspace.
Computerised images reveal the normally hidden UK power and water networks, as well as mapping millions of telephone calls and fibre optic web links across the country.
In one sequence, 60 million people are represented on screen by sparkles of light, turning Manchester into a great constellation within a galaxy.
And there are plenty of other highlights, including how the National Grid copes with the power surge when millions of kettles are switched on immediately after Coronation Street or EastEnders.
The three-part BBC1 series is accompanied by companion programmes on BBC2 and BBC4, along with an extensive website set to remain live for a decade.
Episode one – 24 Hour Britain – is screened on BBC1 on Sunday August 10.



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2 responses to “Britain From Above

  1. Brian Robertson

    You mention above that you have “watched the first programme 3 times now” – I thought it was only being screened on August 10th?
    I was one of the microlight pilots involved and am desperate to see some footage.

  2. Ian Wylie

    Hi Brian,
    The BBC, along with other channels, supply TV writers with advance copies of programmes so we can write about them and discuss their contents when interviewing those involved before actual transmission.

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