Mile High

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Mile High
MileHighTitle.jpg
Series one titles
Genre Drama
Created by Hewland International
Developed by Sky Television
Written by Jane Hewland
Cameron McAllister
Directed by Various
Starring See Cast
Opening theme "The World Is Mine" by Hooverphonic
Composer(s) Hooverphonic
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 39 (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Various
Location(s) Various
Running time 49 minutes (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel Sky1
Picture format 16:9
Original run 16 February 2003 (2003-02-16) – 20 July 2005 (2005-07-20)
Chronology
Related shows Dream Team

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 is a reference to the Mile High Club. The show was broadcast on Sky1 from 2003 to 2005 and then aired again on Sky Three. In 2012, CBS Drama obtained the rights to the series.

Background[edit]

A Hewland International production, Mile High is a mix of drama, sex and comedy. The show is based around the flight crew of a young budget airline, in and out of uniform, in the air and on the ground. The series follows the flight crew as they travel and live in the London home they share.

Cancellation[edit]

In August 2005, shortly after the series two finale, Sky 1's controller announced that the show would not return for a third series.

In an interview with Digital Spy, executive producer and creator Jane Hewland said "Then finally, to make things worse, the policy at Sky changed 180 degrees right as we were in the middle of the 19 ep series. The previous boss had been pushing us to be more sexually explicit. That was the message. Sky had had lots of programmes like Naked in Westminster and Ibiza Uncovered which had done very well by being quite raunchy. Suddenly that went out of fashion. This wasn't anyone's fault. Times just change. I don't think the audience was ever comfortable with the more explicit things we did. It's not what people want in their living rooms. But the whole show got branded as tacky – the title MILE HIGH does encourage that. By now everybody but us had lost faith. I really enjoyed making the final episodes. I thought we'd come back and found our way again. But creatively I was knackered from having had to produce 58 hours of drama in a single year."[citation needed]

Filming locations[edit]

Although the airline flies all over the world, the show was filmed in two airports: London Stansted Airport and the Palma de Mallorca Airport. Also used in filming on location were London and Spain.

Scenes featuring the 'fresh centre' and the airport check-in desks were filmed at the ExCeL London centre on custom-built sets. The exteriors of the crew flat were the Clementina Court Building on Copperfield Road, Bow, London. The interiors and balcony scenes were filmed at 3 Mills Studios in Bow London.

Airline[edit]

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

In series two, Fresh! merges with long-haul airline Goldstar resulting in two subsidiaries - Fresh! Europe and Fresh! Global which operates a Boeing 747-200. The merger causes distress to workers, especially those from Goldstar. The original blue Fresh! uniform is retained for all crew, 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, Milan and Monastir. Destinations incorporated after the merger with Goldstar include Toronto, Dubai and Bahrain.

Episodes[edit]

Series one consisted of 13 episodes. Series two consisted of 7 episodes followed by 19 in series three.

Series 2 was the shortest series due to a compressed 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 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 (Sarah Farooqui) departed after 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 the series.

Series one (2003)[edit]

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 Emma's wedding day and she has a one night 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 depart the show at the end of this series.

Series two (2004–2005)[edit]

Series two introduces 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) to the show. 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 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 a new love interest for Janis. Series two has the main storyline of Nigel and his love interests. It is revealed that Nigel is a habitual cheater and has dated many women in the time in which he was married to his wife Denise. This storyline continues throughout the series until the series finale where all his love interests get revenge.

The series finale sees some of the staff at Fresh! lose their contracts, leaving Ed and Poppy out of a job. The series finale also shows Lehan Evans (Naomi Ryan) dying in a plane crash caused by Nigel's heart attack upon landing. As a result of his girlfriend's death, Dan Peterson descends into alcoholism. Ed and Poppy move to Minsk, Belarus and have a child. Janis Steel and Will O'Brien leave the airline to open their own bar named 'Mile High' on a Spanish beach.

The last episodes of the second season were broadcast on Finnish station MTV3 before British channel Sky One aired them.

Future[edit]

In 2012, CBS Drama obtained the rights to the series and began to re-run it from the beginning. As a result of large viewing figures, CBS Drama revealed that the broadcasters are in talks with various production companies including Hewland International to produce a new series.

As of November 2012 there have been no further announcements.

CBS Drama was never in talks to bring back Mile High in a new series.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

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[edit]

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 broadcast[edit]

Mile High was broadcast in 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 wrote a petition to continue producing Mile High, but the petition never reached the producers.

DVD release[edit]

  • Series one, two, and the complete series are available in the UK.
  • 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.
  • Season one 1 was released in the USA by Koch Vision on 13 March 2007, with Season two volumes 1 and 2 being released later in 2007.

The DVD's are very different from the broadcasts. Episodes do not include recaps of the story line and the music was replaced by a cheaper and bubbly soundtrack.

Theme song[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mile-High.co.uk". Retrieved 7 July 2013. 
  2. ^ "Mile High". IMDb. Retrieved 7 July 2013. 

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