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Cheshire filmmaker in line for BAFTA glory at UK awards ceremony

TV PRODUCER from Cheshire who made history by staging a plane crash for an explosive TV documentary is in line for BAFTA glory.
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TV PRODUCER from Cheshire who made history by staging a plane crash for an explosive TV documentary is in line for BAFTA glory.

Geoff Deehan, of Old Hall Lane, Hargrave, will rub shoulders with the elite of the British film industry on May 12 when he is recognised for his experimental Channel 4 documentary The Plane Crash, which has been nominated for a BAFTA award in the specialist factual category.

The film shows a Boeing 727 jumbo jet dubbed ‘Big Flo’ being deliberately crashed in the Mexican desert to analyse what happens during an aircraft disaster.

Cameras, crash-test dummies and scientific equipment were all planted onboard before the passenger plane was flown into the ground by remote control.

Geoff, 60, created and produced The Plane Crash , and spent four years trying to bring it to the screen with the aim of giving fresh insights into making air travel safer.

When the programme was broadcast in the UK last October it attracted an audience of 4.2 million and has since been shown in countries all over the world.

The married father-of-two described his nomination for a BAFTA, in which he will be up against Top Gear and The London 2012 Olympics: Super Saturday as a great honour and said he was ‘very proud’ to have been recognised.

“A BAFTA nomination is the pinnacle of TV awards in the UK, and I’m very proud that this shows there's a huge amount of production talent here in the North West, not just in London.

“Working with my colleagues at Picturehouse Films, my ambition is to build on this success and establish the area as a powerhouse of creative excellence in the television and digital industries.

“My family moved to Cheshire from London a couple of years ago and the plus side of living here far outweighs the attractions of Soho.”

Geoff added: “Making The Plane Crash was extremely hard work over several years, but after it was shown the volume of positive feedback I received from the audience made it all worthwhile.

“I also hope the scientific experiments conducted by the research scientists involved might make some contribution to making air crashes more survivable.

“In my long career I've won lots of accolades including RTS awards and the Glaxo prize for science writing but I think winning the BAFTA would be really something.”

The BAFTA awards will be shown on BBC1 on Sunday, May 12.

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