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Parachuting? Marr-vellous says Andrew

PUBLISHED: 10:07 14 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:37 12 July 2010

Andrew Marr heads for earth strapped to parachutist Jason Thompson.

Andrew Marr heads for earth strapped to parachutist Jason Thompson.

Satellite technology has been used to create stunning images of this country for BBC's new TV series Britain from Above.

But presenter Andrew Marr adopted a more hands-on approach when he visited Norfolk to do a tandem skydive for the programme at Old Buckenham Airfield.

Andrew Marr heads for earth strapped to parachutist Jason Thompson.

Satellite technology has been used to create stunning images of this country for BBC's new TV series Britain from Above.

But presenter Andrew Marr adopted a more hands-on approach when he visited Norfolk to do a tandem skydive for the programme at Old Buckenham Airfield.

The film crew spent two days in May working with UK Parachuting which has its headquarters at the village, near Attleborough, and will be featured in this Sunday's episode - screened at 9pm on BBC 1.

But internet users can get a preview of Mr Marr getting a glorious bird's-eye view of the surrounding countryside as he leaps from an aircraft from two-and-a-half miles up strapped to Jason Thompson, who is co-owner of the company.

He obviously had a great time, as he is heard exclaiming “That was amazing” during one of the jumps.

“Representatives from the BBC came to Old Buckenham to see if we could supply what they wanted for the series. We talked through it and what the photos were for, and what the TV programme was about, and they came back in a couple of weeks and said they would like to go ahead with it,” said Mr Thompson.

“They had a dress rehearsal without Andrew so we took the executive producer on a tandem, and then Andrew came over the next day,” he said.

Asked whether the presenter appeared nervous about doing the skydive, he said that was the norm.

“He's two-and-a-half miles above the ground so anybody in their right mind would be nervous, but he coped with it quite well. It all went smoothly and we had great weather.”

UK Parachuting relocated to the airfield from Ipswich in 1999, and has 25 years experience in the business.

“We have trained lots of celebrities in the past,” added Mr Thompson.

Filming for the series also took place on the north Norfolk coast, where Mr Marr met local photographer Mike Page who is famed for his brilliant aerial shots.

The mission was to fly from Seething Airfield and take pictures of the erosion to the cliff and sea defences at Happisburgh.

The series reveals the transformation of Britain through the ages, and the changing shape of this stretch of coastline is among the most dramatic that have resulted from natural causes. Mr Marr also interviewed Malcolm Kerby of the Coastal Concern Action Group.

To view the UK Parachuting footage, check out the link: http://www.bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove/stories/behindthescenes/skydiving.shtml


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