Battle of Britain 60 - BBC1

Made by BBC Features & Events, this programme was part of the BBC's flagship coverage of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Combining an outside broadcast anchored by David Dimbleby with a host of documentary films and personal testimonies, it was a novel approach to a landmark event.

Martin was responsible for sourcing all the veterans as well as arranging the filming for the documentary films.

As such, he went to America to film the world's only flying genuine Messerschmitt BF109E or Emil. He and director Michael Armitt came back with stunning air-to-air footage of the Messerschmitt and a Hawker Hurricane airborne over the ocean. It was the first time the two adversaries had shared the same patch of sky on film for decades.

Other highlights included filming with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight & cutting his first film for broadcast that aired on BBC1. As a researcher/AP it was a surprise to be allowed to cut a film for air and it sparked the directing bug.

Equally memorable was meeting all those brave pilots - The Few - of which almost all are now sadly departed - a rare privilege.

Broadcaster: BBC1 (2000). Production Company: BBC Features & Events, White City, London.

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