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Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport

  • Episode:


  • Transmission (TX):

    Wed 29 Sep 2021

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    8.00pm - 8.30pm

  • Week:

    Week 39 2021 : Sat 25 Sep - Fri 01 Oct

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  • Published:

    Wed 15 Sep 2021

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Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport

Series overview

Heathrow: Britain’s Busiest Airport flies through the doors of the famous transport hub for nine brand new episodes to provide a vivid insight into the people who work there and travel through it.

Dame Julie Walters narrates as while Covid travel restrictions begin to ease, cameras continue to explore behind the scenes at the massive transport hub, giving audiences an exclusive look at how one of the world's most popular airports handles a worldwide pandemic.  

Filmed over the last 12 months, with passengers trickling back into an airport dealing with new and ever-changing challenges, it's still business as usual at Britain’s busiest airport. 

Episode 8

With the airport relegated to 14th busiest in Europe down from number 1 pre-pandemic – one would imagine the police would be kicking back their heels, and yet they are as busy as ever.

Every day the aviation police are given 10-15 warrants to arrest or intercept passengers at the airport, and in this weeks’ show, an inbound passenger has an entourage of armed officers waiting for him.

As the police blue light it to the gate, they manage to slip past Airside Rachel’s inspection station. It’s here that the Queen of safety randomly selects vehicles to make sure they are runway and taxi-way worthy.

Tonight she’s got a rather large vehicle to oversee – one lesser known aircraft to Heathrow – a propeller plane - arriving from the Isle of Man.

As well as the baggage hold creating a challenge for the ground staff, Rachel has to deal with an unexpected delay.

Opening the episode is the King of Customer Service and stalwart of Heathrow Britain’s Busiest Airport, Demi, who immediately plunges into his favourite role of “passenger saviour” when 12 young divers are struggling to make their championship flight..