From a Bird's Eye View

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From a Bird's Eye View
Series titles with a cartoon image of the Eiffel Tower
Genre Sitcom
Created by Sheldon Leonard
Starring Millicent Martin
Patte Finley
Peter Jones
Opening theme Frank Barber
Jack Fishman
Composer(s) Frank Barber
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Sheldon Leonard
Producer(s) Jack Greenwood
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Sheldon Leonard Productions
ATV
ITC Entertainment
Broadcast
Original channel ATV (UK)/NBC (US)
Picture format 35 mm film 4:3 Colour
Audio format Mono
Original run (UK) 18 September 1970 – 21 April 1971 – (US) 5 April 1971 – 16 August 1971

From a Bird's Eye View is a 1970 ATV and ITC Entertainment co-produced sitcom. In the United States it aired on NBC, which had originally ordered the series as an entry in the 1969-70 TV season but pushed it back to the 1970-71 season as a mid-season replacement.

The series followed two International Airlines stewardesses, a scatterbrained Briton and a savvy American, as they flew the London-European routes. The series ran for 16 25-minute colour episodes.

The series was not a big success in either the UK or the US, but ITC re-used the format (and the writers and crew) for the Shirley MacLaine series Shirley's World. That show also flopped, but ran to one more episode than From a Bird's Eye View.

Production notes[edit]

Sir Lew Grade wanted to make a comedy film series that would appeal on both sides of the Atlantic starring Millicent Martin. He sent six comedy sketches of Martin to producer Sheldon Leonard and he came up with the premise of From a Bird's Eye View (although two other titles were being considered, Meet Millie and Up She Goes, prior to settling for the latter).[1]

Leonard cast Patte Finley from 160 girls he interviewed over a seven-month period when he responded to her personality and that at 5'3" she would not dwarf Martin's 5'1".[2]

Martin and Finley both underwent an official training course at the B.E.A. training centre in stewardess's duties including meal presentation, bar service, address system and survival drill.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Peter Jones, Patte Finlay, and Millicent Martin

Episode list[edit]

Filmed on location and at Pinewood Studios England.

Airdate and order is for ITV on the Network DVD

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate
1 "The Difficult Passenger" Ralph Levy T. E. B. Clarke 18 September 1970
Mr Barker is a difficult passenger who humiliates and propositions Millie on a flight from London to Berlin and Millie is determined to get even at their overnight hotel. Maggie discovers he is Mystery shopper and vainly attempts to stop Millie. Stars Robert Coote, Jess Conrad, Michael Wolf and Jerold Wells.
2 "Never Put it in Writing" Ralph Levy John Muir and Eric Green 25 September 1970
When Millie wrongly overhears Mr Beauchamp is going to fire Maggie she writes an insulting letter tendering her own resignation and then has to take desperate measures to recover the letter when Maggie discovers she was mistaken. Stars Arthur Mullard and Angus Lennie.
3 "Wife Trouble" Ralph Levy T. E. B. Clarke 2 October 1970
When his fiery Italian wife walks off the plane bound for Nice, her English businessman husband needs a replacement wife to land an important job. To Maggie's horror Millie volunteers, Stars Richard Caldicot, Neil Stacy, Robert Rietti and Dora Reisser.
4 "Millie's Moveable Feast" Ralph Levy R.S. Allen and Harvey Bullock 9 October 1970
Millie acts as cook and maid for her next door neighbours' dinner party and to save Millie's job Maggie invites Mr Beauchamp around for a meal but there is only enough food for one party. Stars Polly Adams, Phillip Manikum, Stephen Jack and Jess Conrad.
5 "Hate-In" Ralph Levy Pat Dunlop 16 October 1970
Millie has been dating, Mr Lemon, a perfect gentleman until he meets Maggie and turns into a lothario much to Millie's chagrin. Millie and Maggie fall out. Guest stars Richard Briers, Barry Andrews and Gábor Baraker.
6 "Home is Where Your Heart Is" Ralph Levy Anthony Marriott and Scot Finch 23 October 1970
Poor staff scores result in Mr Beecham's new schedules separating Millie to London and Maggie to Liverpool. Millie's uncle Bert's plan to improve their scores gets them fired. Stars Frank Thornton and Bartlett Mullins.
7 "Nobody Sleeps on a Honeymoon" Ralph Levy Carl Kleinschmitt 30 October 1970
A honeymoon couple on the girls' flight to Rome have nowhere to stay and Millie secretly gives them their hotel room and has to keep Maggie getting any sleep. Stars Nicholas Ball, Margo Andrew and Gordon Rollings.
8 "Family Tree" Ralph Levy Bernie Rothman 6 November 1970
On their first anniversary as work colleagues Millie and Maggie decided to surprise each other. Maggie with a party and Millie presenting Maggie her family tree until Mr Beauchamp points out Maggie's ancestors were axe murderers, stranglers, and poisoners. Guest stars John Sharp, Joan Hickson, Carmen Munroe and Richard Franklin.
9 "Highland Fling" John Robbins Torn Brennard and Ray Bottomley 13 November 1970
Millie and Maggie unemployed neighbour gets a job in a Scottish castle owned by Lord MacBracken and invites them to visit. Mr Beauchamp invites himself and soon all three discover the castle is haunted. Guest stars Clive Dunn and John Laurie.
10 "I Too was a Novice" Peter Duffell Brad Ashton 20 November 1970
Millie and Maggie have a very nervous trainee stewardess on board and they tell her the tale of when Millie was the trainee and Maggie the instructor. Stars George Tovey (as Millie's father), Gay Hamilton, and Hilary Pritchard.
11 "Russian Roulette, Millie Style" Ralph Levy Lew Schwarz 27 November 1970
A Russian shot putter gets drunk on Millie's flight and follows her home and is mistaken for a mad bomber. Maggie, Uncle Bert, and Mr Beecham all become involved in trying to prevent an international incident. Guest stars Yuri Borienko, Richard Marner, Graham Armitage and Sheila Bernette.
12 "All in a Day's Work" Ralph Levy Stan Cutler and Martin Donovan 4 December 1970
Millie's uncle is horrified when he reads in the newspaper that his niece is linked with, Burton Phillips, a film star lothario. To prove how dull their job is Millie and Maggie invite Uncle Bert on a flight to Rome only to be invited to one of the film stars notorious parties. Stars Edward Judd and Robert Rietti.
13 "Hurricane Millie" Ralph Levy Sid Dorfman 11 December 1970
Maggie likes a young Irish songwriter and on her flight to Nice he leaves a bill for drinks when he decided to treat the other passengers. He leaves the girls an unpublished song as collateral and tries to win the money back at the casino with no success thanks to Millie. Millie and Maggie decide to promote the song on the return flight. Stars Kenneth Cranham, Robert Rietti and Gordon Rollings. Notes to episode: The song "Head in the Clouds" was written by Frank Barber and Jack Fishman. Robert Cawdron plays another character in this episode.
14 "Sicilian Affair" John Robbins John Warren and John Singer 18 December 1970
Rudy a friend of the girls is left property in Sicilly and he is sole heir. Maggie and Millie take holiday leave to accompany him to Sicilly and walk into a family vendetta. Guest stars Alexandra Bastedo, Aubrey Morris, David Prowse, Guido Adorni and Roy Evans.
15 "Witness for the Persecution" Peter Duffell Pat Dunlop 1 January 1971
Following complaints about Maggie and Millie Mr Beauchamp travels on their flight to Madrid and he ends up in jail when a suspected fraudster switches passports. The girls decide to help the fraudster by leaving Beauchamp in jail but in the end find themselves in the same cell. Guest stars Ferdy Mayne, Bartlett Mullins and Reginald Barratt.
16 "The Matchmakers" Ralph Levy Pat Dunlop, story by Reuben Ship 21 April 1971
Uncle Bert has been staying with the girls for a week and is driving them crazy. Mr Beachamp's American cousin, Beatrice Beal, has come to stay with him and causing chaos. The three decide to matchmake and after Beatrice has a makeover and a night out Uncle Bert proposes but regrets it in the morning. Stars Evelyn Keyes.

DVD[edit]

Network DVD released the series with an image gallery and promotional PDF file July 2008.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Promotional PDF of series p13
  2. ^ Promotional PDF p8
  3. ^ Promotional PDF p3

External links[edit]