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Tile Films' Four-Part documentary series 'Aerial Britain' Airs Friday 7th June
05 Jun 2019 : Nathan Griffin
Tile Films' new series Aerial Britain
The epic four part documentary series starts at 9 p.m. this Friday, 7th June on the Smithsonian Channel in UK and Ireland.

Produced by Tile Films for the Smithsonian Channel,‘Aerial Britain’ 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. ‘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.

‘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 incharge 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.

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’ are:


Friday, 14thJune at 9 p.m.

Showcasesthis 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.” 


Friday, 21stJune at 9 p.m.

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.


Friday, 28thJune at 9 p.m.

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. 

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).

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