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on 21 July 2014
Always interested in aviation, I remember this series when I was a kid, hanging onto every flying sequence as though my life depended on it.

Watching it years later I filled in the rest of the story that life experience tells us is also important, and could also appreciate the characterisation and the less obvious conflicts that are well portrayed. For its era I thought I'd find aspects of it (perhaps acting styles or editing) to feel a bit dated, but there was pretty much nothing getting between me and the story which, for a TV serial, I found quite a surprise. Instead I was dropped into those post-war years when grafters could make their mark provided they were quick *off* the mark, in a country struggling to find its soul after a long and bloody war, and this milieu was caught very nicely, not laid on thick with a historical trowel - burying the story in history - but brought in by far less obtrusive means that let the actors and the story breathe. The fact that it only ran to a single series is a travesty I attribute to the specialised nature of the setting; the more popular ordinary "everyday" dramas set in suburbia seem to be speaking to people who just want to see more of their world rather than someone else's, I expect a series about a rock band would probably also die a death unless it was a comedy, and Airline is a bit thin on the slapstick.

Condemned to be a niche series, I have to say that Airline deserved to be so much more than it came to be, and it was with genuine frustration that I realised now, but not as a child, all those frustrated storylines that were waiting to be worked out. This series had so much further it needed to have gone, and could have gone, if it's backers had had just a little more courage and faith in it. It showed lots of promise, and the hasty wrapping up in the final episode is at once sad to see and also well executed, in that it gives the characters a life after the series for you to ponder.

Don't let the fact that it is a "cancelled series" put you off. It's dry and at times frustrating but it never lost the sense of being real.
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on 7 June 2018
This was a series produced for ITV and it was well made. It was all based around pilots returning from the Second World War who cannot get a job, so they decide to start an air freight. It tells their story set against the black market, gun running, the Palestine Protectorate and the Berlin Air lift. The series has a string of good quality British Actors and Actresses, but the star of the Series are the Dakota Aircraft. The sets and locations are well made and ideally back the actors, there are no cardboard sets. The only down side is the actors and actresses attempt at Yorkshire accents which are poor. Each episode is short with a good story line, will Roy Marsden make it back to Britain. It is an out standing watch requiring a night in on the settee, with crisps and a drink. The actions is on the ball and this means the programs ride along. The only problem was ITV cancelled the program after one series and it is much missed by its followers.
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on 8 May 2015
What a great surprise this show was. I'd never heard of it before and took a chance, but was not disappointed. Good acting and an interesting story of a start-up airline in the aftermath of WWII, being run on credit and held together with bailing wire, chewing gum and the obsessive determination of the main character. He is not an overly likable character, but completely believable - something like that could not have been done by a "nice guy". It ends somewhat abruptly, with a feeling like the story was half finished, but there aren't any particular loose ends. I had the feeling that more series were planned but it was either too expensive to make or didn't attract a large enough audience, so it was wound up quickly in the last episode, with just enough uncertainty so that a second series could have been made later. I wish they had. Sound and video quality is very good.
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on 17 November 2013
I remember the series vividly when it first came out and was happy to buy this. This is one of the series that does still hold its appeal. With a wonderful blend of swagger, hunger, ambition and total contempt for everyone Roy Marsden and his team drive through this series. It has everything heroic start up airline, difficult money grubbing jobs, awkward business relationship, air crashes..and thats the first episode.

Totally brilliant and very believable
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on 27 January 2013
Finally,my life is complete!!!!!!!!!! After being obssessed by this series when shown on TV in the 80's as a kid,finally it is available to buy on DVD!!! This series was the subject of many,many failed attempts at building airfix kits of dakotas after being glued to the screen on a sunday evening!!! It tells the tale of a demobbed flight sargent with a dream of running his own airline,his way.... !!! Along the way,it also explores,amomgst other things,the class system,the black market,attitudes to danger & death,moral values,authoritarism & polictical & economic tensions at home & abroad in immeadiate post-war britain.All this together with the simply stunning ariel sequences of the two dakotas & a healthy dose of boys own adventures & tight scrapes as our heroes fly around the world to make ends meet........... Today,illegal gun running to palestine at the height of the suez crisis,tomorrow a cargo of fine young ladies from a very prim & proper finishing school on a trip to swizterland,you get the idea!! They dodge the rules,regulations,spivs,loan sharks & the men from the ministry until eventually tragedy strikes...... brilliant stuff!!! You can almost smell the aviation fuel & feel the ground shake as "vera lynn" & "alice" roar off down the runway & into the storm-heavy skies with another dodgy load for another far-flung,hot,dusty & deserted airstrip........ yes,i love this series..... !!!!
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on 1 November 2015
I was an avid fan back in the 80's and was delighted to find it on DVD. The theme tune is one of my favourite, the story lines are excellent and the period detailing really transports you back to the 1940's. It is a pity that we didn't have more series, it would be good to see what Jack finally achieved, but that has so far been left to our individual imaginations. I wonder if there is any producers / program makers that would look at doing it now?!!! wishful thinking may be, or hopeful. All told this is a great family entertainment purchase.
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on 16 August 2016
Great series and for anybody interested in aircraft (you know real planes with propellors - none of that modern jet engine stuff), this will enthral you. Trouble is, they only ever made one series, and it has rarely or ever been shown since. Grab it while you can.
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on 18 August 2016
Superb! Mum, dad , gran and I loved it!
I ve been waiting since this was first aired in 1981/82 to see it all as i only saw one back then as it
was on after my bed time back then!
I was not dissapointed!
Buy it now and enjoy!
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on 25 March 2016
First saw this in my early teens on TV. Even better second time round! Great acting from the whole cast. Wonderful plane scenes. Wish they had made a second series of this.
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on 23 December 2013
I ordered this fully aware that it is of a much lower quality than is usual on DVD but this is due to issues between ITV and the writer. I am grateful, therefore, that this set exists at all!
It is a typical 70's / 80's tv drama but for those who love the old DC3/C47 Dakota this set is perfect with many excellent flying scenes.
Although dated the stories are also enjoyable.
Had the quality been better I would have rated it 5 stars, but then, nothings perfect.
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