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The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past

The Sea King: Britain’s Flying Past

Thu Feb 28, 9-10pm, BBC2

By Claire Winter
In the opening sequence, as a grown man tearfully admits to be crying over a helicopter, alarm bells may begin to ring. However this documentary, presented by a gleeful John Sergeant, is thankfully more than simply a chopper spotter’s catalogue (although it does have its moments), sounding a final hurrah of sorts for the Sea King fleet of rescue helicopters, soon to be disbanded after half a decade of service.

The programme charts its extensive history in both military and search-and-rescue operations. In fact, not since the days of ‘999’ have so many rescue stories been crammed into one show. This, at least, fends off boredom. But a prior interest is probably preferable, or else you might wish to look elsewhere for your television entertainment tonight.

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