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My Life, My Job, My World: Filming London From A Helicopter.

Posted on 18 June 2015

Flying TV Helicopter

Last week saw the final day of filming for New Tricks, a hit BBC drama that I've worked on since I left University, 8 years ago.  Sadly, the series that will air this summer is going to be the last one as the BBC have decided not to recommission it.  It was an emotional day for cast & crew, many of whom had been working together for years.

BBC's Police Drama - New Tricks
BBC's Police Drama - New Tricks

It did mean however, that I got to spend the last day flying high above London with the lovely team from Flying TV, filming from our helicopter.

Flying Towards London
Flying Towards London

We set off from Denham Aerodrome & picked up the Thames from Kew & followed it all the way past The Houses of Parliament, The London Eye, The Shard & to Tower Bridge.  Whilst the crew were filming on the river below, we were getting some amazing shots of London from the air.  It was absolutely incredible; we took sweeping shots of Tower Bridge, circled The Shard, flew low above the Thames - it really was a once in a lifetime experience.

The Shard
The Shard

Swooping Down on Tower Bridge
Swooping Down on Tower Bridge

 

"When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it."  Henry Ford

 

Ok, I was in a helicopter not a plane, but you get the gist.....  Sometimes you gotta face the storm (lucky we didn't in the helicopter thanks to JP, our brilliant pilot & my lucky charm necklace).  But sometimes things get nasty before they get better, shit gets tough.  But as I've been reminded time & time again, stay true to yourself, keep focused & don't give up.  There's always something to be grateful for, no matter how small.  Focus on the good stuff & then watch it grow.  

 

Albert Bridge
Albert Bridge

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The final series of New Tricks will air on BBC 1 in August.  Make sure you look out for the snazzy helicopter shots! M x

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