Derren Brown "Hero at 30,000ft"


The acclaimed showman Derren Brown returned to Channel 4 on 8th September 2010 at 10pm with a brand new special in which a member of the public goes on a life-changing journey.


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Just Plane Crazy were nominated as the aviation consultant to work on this one off show. Our brief was to locate and wet lease a suitable aircraft for a flight between two airports.

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The star of the show was told to board a flight down to Jersey to take part in a game show. He was completely unaware that Derren Brown was on the flight or that the flight was to be filmed. Filming took place in the airport's terminal using hidden cameras and the leased 737 was filled with actors and extras to simulate a normal flight. However, the flight was far from normal and ended with the unsuspecting star offering to land the aircraft due to pilot incapacitation. On the way to the cockpit, he was hypnotised and placed back in his seat where-by the aircraft landed. He was wheel chaired off the aircraft and into a car to a 737 full motion simulator, completely unaware that the simulator was not the real aircraft.


There were various issues surrounding the project, not least the utmost secrecy involved. Airline regulations were thorough as we needed to create the feeling that something was wrong with the flight, without actually endangering the aircraft or passengers. CAA regulations were of course always adhered to as well as both airports' policies and security. The production company also needed access to the aircraft for the duration of the day prior to the flight in order to install hidden and airline/CAA approved cameras.


Live links filming took place the following week inside an aircraft hangar, with a 737 as the back drop for the show. Again, many camera crews were involved, only this time overtly and due to the live links, equipment was far larger and numerous.

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