Night Flight (BBC-1 2002, Christopher Plummer, Edward Woodward)

Night Flight was a powerful drama set in 1943 and the present telling the story of two World War II veterans. Harry Peters piloted a Lancaster bomber at just 20. His now middle-class world is thrown into disarray when former comrade Vic Green lands. A tale of secrets, scandal and corruption based on ghosts as yet not laid to rest.

Set in the present day and 1943. Both parts were shown on the same night with a 20-minute News bulletin in-between – although part one had no closing credits, part 2 started again with new opening titles and star actors’ names repeated – so most likely it was made as a 2-parter rather than a 1-parter simply broken up by the News (as films sometimes are).

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production details
UK / BBC One / 2×80 minute episodes / 2 February 2002 9:00pm and 10:40pm

Writer: William Ivory / Executive Producers: Pippa Harris and Jane Tranter / Producer: Hilary Salmon / Director: Nicholas Renton

Christopher Plummer as Harry Peters
Edward Woodward as Vic Green
Kenneth Cranham as Ted Atwell
Barbara Flynn as Moira
Alec Newman as Young Harry Peters
Christine Tremarco as Pam Atwell
James Garbutt as Geordie
Andrew Lee-Potts as Tommy Atwell
Andy Sheridan as Frank
Alex Palmer as Charlie
William Ivory as Sergeant Stan
Peter Halliday as Jenkins
Paul Moriarty as Gary
Christian Malcolm as Mac
Christian Steel as Young Geordie
Ian Peck as Sergeant
Norman Gregory as Laurie
Doyne Byrd as Pat
Charles Simon as Geoff Peters
Jo Joyner as Brigitte
Andrea Lowe as Margaret
Ian Thompson as Malcolm
Fred Pearson as Arthur

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