Mile High


Mile High
Mile High
MileHighTitle.jpg
Series one titles
Genre Drama
Created by Hewland International
Developed by sky
Written by Jane Hewland & Cameron McAllister
Starring Jo-Anne Knowles Tom Wisdom
Opening theme The World Is mine
Composer(s) Hooverphonic
Country of origin United Kingdom
Language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 49minutes(approx)
External links
[http:/www.mile-high.co.uk Website]

Mile High is a British television drama based on the lives of the cabin crew members of "fresh!", a budget airline based in London. The name of the show comes from the "Mile High Club". The show was broadcast on Sky1 from 2003 to 2005.

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Background

A Hewland International production, Mile High is a mix of fast-paced drama, sex and comedy. The show is based around the flight crew of a young budget airline (Fresh!), in and out of uniform, in the air and on the ground. The series follows the flight crew as they travel around the world and their lives in the London home they share.

Filming locations

Although the airline flies to destinations all over the world, the two airports that were used are London Stansted Airport and Palma de Mallorca Airport. Also used in filming on location were London and Spain.

Airport scenes were filmed in London Stansted Airport However scenes featuring the 'fresh centre' and the airport check-in desks were in fact filmed at the London ExCeL centre on custom built sets. The Crew flat was located and filmed in Bow London.

Airline

Mile High revolves around a fictional budget airline, Fresh!,[1][2] which operates Boeing 737 aircraft to destinations across Europe and North Africa.

In series two, Fresh! and Goldstar, a long-haul airline, merge causing distress to workers, mainly those from Goldstar, and creating two subsidiaries, Fresh! Europe and Fresh! Global which operates a Boeing 747-200. The old uniform of Fresh! is retained for all crew, a blue colour rather than the Goldstar crew's mustard colour uniforms.

The airline's main base is London Stansted Airport, sometimes referred to as London Airport, where the airport's external and interior shots are filmed. Other destinations mentioned in the series include Leeds Bradford, Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh, and Newcastle domestically. Internationally, destinations include Palma de Majorca, Amsterdam, Paris, Split, Brussels, Helsinki, Kos, Alicante, Faro, Malaga and Monastir. Destinations incorporated after the merger with Goldstar include Toronto, Dubai and Bahrain.

Episodes

Series One consisted of 13 episodes. Series 2 consisted of 7 episodes and 19 in series 3. Series 2 was the shortest series due to a small time scale for filming. Series 2 was a major success and as a result a further series of 19 episodes was commissioned. Episodes 14-20 and 21-39 were all shown in four separate batches. Although episodes 21-39 were commissioned as a third series, episodes 14-20 and 21-39 were combined to create one large series classified as series 2.

Charlotte Taylor portrayed by Sarah Farooqui departed the show after filming series 2 causing her character to disappear without explanation in series 3 when it was combined with series 2. This is one major difference between series.

Series One

Series one follows the lives of Emma Coyle (Emma Ferguson), K.C Gregory (Sarah Manners),Jason Murdoch (James Redmond), John Bryson (Matthew Chambers), Janis Steel (Jo-Anne Knowles), Lehan Evans (Naomi Ryan), Marco Bailey (Tom Wisdom) and Will O'Brien (Adam Sinclair). The Main storyline for series one is the love triangle between Emma Coyle, John Bryson and Emma's husband Ian. In Episode one it is Emmas wedding day and she has a one nights stand with John. Later in the series it is revealed that Emma is pregnant with John's baby whilst married to Ian. Janis Reveals the truth to Ian causing their marriage to end and Emma having a breakdown. Another Major storyline in this series is the complicated relationship Between Janis and Marco.

The Characters Jason Murdoch, K.C Gregory, Emma Coyle and John Bryson All depart the show at the end of this series.

Series Two

Series two introduces some new characters to the show. Poppy Fields (Stacey Cadman), Jack Fields (John Pickard), Charlotte Taylor, Nigel Croker (Christopher Villiers), Lorna Newbold, Rachel Potter, Dan Peterson (Luke Roberts) and Ed Russel (Scott Adkins) were all introduced. Janis Steel (Jo-Anne Knowles), Lehan Evans (Naomi Ryan), Marco Bailey (Tom Wisdom) and Will O'Brien (Adam Sinclair) were the only returning cast.

The Main storyline in Series two is the merger between fresh and another airline 'GoldStar'. The storyline of Janis' and Marco's complicated relationship continues this series with the addition of Poppy and Nigel. Poppy is a new love interest for Marco and Nigel is new love interest for Janis complicating things further. Series two also has the main storyline of Nigel and his Love interests. It is revealed that Nigel is a love cheat and has dated many women in the time in which he was married to his wife Denise. The Storyline continues throughout the series until the series finale where all his love interests get revenge.

The series Finale sees the staff at fresh having their contracts cancelled and out of a job. The series Finale also sees the Character Lehan Evans (Naomi Ryan) being killed in a plane crash caused by Nigel having a heart attack upon landing. It is also revealed that the characters Janis Steel and Will O'Brien have left the airline to open their own bar named 'Mile High' on a Spanish beach.

Series 2 Was the Last Series aired.

Cast

Main characters

Character Actor Series
Emma Coyle Emma Ferguson 1
Katherine Cassandra "K.C." Gregory Sarah Manners 1
Jason Murdoch James Redmond 1
John Bryson Matthew Chambers 1
Janis Steel Jo-Anne Knowles 1-2
Lehann Evans Naomi Ryan 1-2
Marco Bailey Tom Wisdom 1-2
Will O’Brien Adam Sinclair 1-2
Poppy Fields Stacey Cadman 2
Captain Nigel Croker Christopher Villiers 2
Charlotte Taylor Sarah Farooqui 2
Jack Fields John Pickard 2
Rachel Potter Emma-Jane Portch 2
Lorna Newbold Katy Edwards 2
Dan Peterson Luke Roberts 2
Ed Russell Scott Adkins 2

Recurring cast

Character Actor Series
Richard Beardsley Tim Crouch 1
Ian Peter Collins 1
Marco’s Mum Heather Tobias 1
James Motherbaugh Martin Cole 1
Jackie Randall Sarah Matravers 1-2
Kevin McMillian Charles Daish 1-2
Captain Robyn Palmer Georgia Zaris 1-2
Marvin Lloyd Kal Weber 2
Lucy Collins Emma Willis 2
Denise Croker Alison King 2
Terri Debbie Chazen 2
Connor Connor Fletcher 1

International viewing

Mile High has been broadcast in many different countries around the world, including Canada, Estonia, France, Finland, Germany, Ireland, India, Israel, Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Romania, Russia, Sweden, South Korea, Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina, Croatia the United Kingdom and the United States. In Serbia 80,000 fans have written a petition to continue recording Mile High but the petition never reached the producers.

DVD release

UK

  • Series one, two, and the complete series are available in the UK.

Australia

  • The complete season one 7-disc boxset was released in Australia on Region 4 DVD in November 2006. The complete season two boxset was released on 21 March 2007.

USA

  • Season one 1 was released in the USA by Koch Vision on 13 March 2007, with Season two volumed 1 and 2 being released later in 2007.

The DVD's are however very different from the shows broadcast. Differences include The episode openings (there is no recap of the previous episodes)and episode music (Hewland international did not buy the rights to release the music onto dvd that was used in episoded. The music was replaced by a more cheaper and bubbly soundtrack).

Theme song

References

External links


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