The series, Brize Norton, is described as an observational documentary series which will embed viewers in the intense, engaging world of one of the biggest and busiest Air Force bases on the planet, which supports all UK military operations around the globe.
The documentary will air for eight hour long episodes on Sky 1after being commissioned by Siobhan Mulholland, Commissioning Editor, Factual at the broadcaster.
Mulholland said: “Brize Norton will take an all access look at one of the most organisationally complex military bases in the world while giving an insight into the lives of the men and women who run this huge machine. It will make for a fascinating Sky 1 HD series.”
Brize Norton, named obviously after the base the camera crews will be filming at, will mark the first time a documentary film crew have been granted round the clock access to the RAF base. It will follow the men and women, military and civilian, who serve the nation and cope with a massive responsibility each day, yet manage to retain their humour. An engaging human drama, the series will be set against the background of UK military activity and international emergency disasters.
“We are delighted to invite Sky into film the roles and activities of the extraordinary people who provide so much support to operations across the world as well as defence of the UK. RAF Brize Norton is the busiest station, commanding 17% of the RAF and providing the only airbridge to Afghanistan.” Added Group Captain Dom Stamp, Station Commander, RAF Brize Norton.
Brize Norton is the beating heart of the Royal Air Force, bigger than most UK airports. It is the country’s sole military air bridge for vital supplies and personnel to all British Armed Forces around the world. 250,000 passengers flowed through this military Heathrow in 2011, including troops and freight heading out to combat zones; and even hosting high profile visiting heads of state, politicians and celebrities.
Brize Norton is a small city with its own hotel, fire station, sports clubs, medical centre, postal delivery service and even a nightclub – but run on military lines, populated by a rich choice of characters whose day-to-day schedules provide a rare and fascinating insight into military life.