In this new six-part series for BBC One and BBC iPlayer, aviation expert and television legend Jeremy Spake returns to his old stomping ground, Heathrow, to see how the airport is coping during the most challenging time in its history.
It has been an extraordinary 18 months for aviation. With planes grounding to a halt in March 2020 as the Covid pandemic swept the globe and the industry struggling ever since, Jeremy is welcomed back into Britain’s busiest airport to see how they are striving to get us back in the air, as we emerge from the crisis and the world opens up again.
Jeremy Spake was a Ground Services Manager who became the star of BBC One’s long-running Airport. Since then, he has risen through the ranks of the aviation industry, becoming a global troubleshooter and bringing his 30 years of experience to airlines and airports across the world. This series sees him return to where it all began for him - Heathrow - a place he so dearly loves and wants to see survive.
Inside The Airport: The Return Of Jeremy Spake (6x30’, working title) sees Jeremy welcomed back by Heathrow’s CEO and major airlines to discover the realities and key challenges they face.
He spends time with their teams working in frontline roles throughout the airport and aircraft – from engineers to airside operations managers, lounge hosts to pilots, cabin crews retraining after redundancies to panicked passengers navigating their many passenger locator forms.
Jeremy Spake says: “While Covid has been truly devastating for the airline industry globally, it also provides a first chance in more than 20 years to reaffirm high standards, outstanding quality of service and perhaps most importantly gives us an opportunity to press the reset button, by under promising and over-delivering to customers who are eager to reconnect with others face to face. I am delighted to be back at Heathrow and of course BBC One!”
Samantha Anstiss, Chief Creative Officer at Wonderhood Studios, adds: “No one loves aviation more than Jeremy. Balancing the enormous expertise he’s gained around the world with his trademark wit and charisma, he is determined to do whatever he can to help reconnect loved ones, re-start a billion-pound industry and get Britain flying again.”
Inside The Airport: The Return Of Jeremy Spake (w/t) is executive produced by Samantha Anstiss, Emma Lorenz and Rebecca Templar for Wonderhood Studios.