Britain From Above

In a landmark series of documentaries, Andrew Marr goes on an epic journey revealing the secrets, patterns and hidden rhythms of our lives from a striking new perspective.

The multiple series project and website told the stories of our country, its landscape and society through incredible aerial photography.

From a bird’s eye view of the nation, its workings, cities, landscapes and peoples are revealed and re-discovered in new and extraordinary ways. Like a constantly moving machine - with its cogs and wheels permanently in motion or like a living animal with blood coursing through its veins and arteries - the way the country works is revealed from above in a uniquely compelling way.

Britain From Above uses ground-breaking CGI and innovative approaches to aerial photography to present images and perspectives never seen before on television.

The website will remain live for the following decade, enabling users to continue to enjoy and relive the series for years to come.

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC One & BBC Two & BBC Four

TX Date: August 2008

Format: 4 x 60 & 3 x 30


Britain From Above Website – Britain from Above was a landmark 360 degree project for the BBC.

It was a cross platform project from its inception.

From scripting, to filming, to post-production, Britain from Above was fully integrated, creating a seamless experience for the viewer.

The Britain From Above website opened up the programme content to web users in a non-linear, more personal fashion.

The website held 108 videos including and 70 jaw-dropping images.

There were 30 original films created specifically for the website.


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Executive Producer(s):

Nick Catliff


Andrew Marr


The series is full of impressive CGI images of the map of our country lit up by graphics indicating population densities, the movements of taxis, aeroplanes, boats

The Telegraph

Awards & Nominations

Banff World Television 2009

Lifestyle and Information Program - Nom

Banff World Television 2009

Immersive Entertainment & Lifestyle - Nom


Best Public Sector Website or Campaig - Nom

International Digital Emmys 2009

Best Non-fiction - Win

Media Innovation Awards 2009

Screen Graphics Award - Win

Prix Europa 2009

Emerging Media Award - Nom