BBC Mini Series Piece of Cake stunts

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  1. Blue Yonder

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    Looking for info on Stunt Pilots in movie,Location of different sets,etc, and other related info of making the movie.

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    Can't remember all the details, as this as filmed in the late 1980s. But I believe Ray Hanna and Stephen Grey were two of the pilots, and I think the 'under the bridge' sequence was filmed in the Wye valley. The airfield and other scenes were filmed at Badminton I believe, but I might be wrong on this last point.
     
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    I found out that the bridge used was located just outside of Winston near Barnard Castle.
    I've also learned quite a bit about Ray Hanna, what a guy he must have been.
     
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    The old magazine Warbirds Worldwide did a feature piece on A Piece of cake, including listing the aircraft involved and pictures on set. It's long out of print though, so you'll have a bit of trouble finding it. The wiki page has some good general information on it:


    View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZbeA504VzR8
     
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    Wow, 3 year old thread resumes like nothing happened. I feel like I was in a coma.
     
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    It's the effect of a bacon-warp ................
     
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    A Kiwi, you know... :) I never met Ray, but I met his son Mark, who was a big part of The Old Flying Machine Company at Duxford. Really nice chap. The last time I saw him was only a week or so before he suffered the accident in the Buchon in Spain that led to his death.
     
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    What was the cause of the crash in Spain?
     
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    Just a bit more info on "A Piece of Cake"; filming was done at the former RAF Friston in East Sussex; the Spits were flown from Duxford and filming was conducted at an elaborately constructed set to recreate a Battle of Britain airfield. It's amazing what you find when you put your fingers to the keyboards; here is a link to a site on British actor Jeremy Northam, who starred in the mini series, it's an interview with Derek Robinson, author of the book.

    Derek Robinson on ?Piece of Cake? | The Jeremy Northam Blog

    The aircraft flipped over on landing. here is a link to the Old Flying Machine Company's webiste.

    The Old Flying Machine Company
     
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    Good info Grant. Some of the sets were also built on the airfield at Badminton, a lovely little strip which is more like a private garden.
     
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    Yep, thanks Terry, before I read about the making of the series in Warbirds Worldwide I always thought it was made at Duxford.
     
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