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27/10/2011

Heady Days Of Pan Am Luxury Fly Again

A glossy new period drama series for BBC Two, Pan Am, will fly viewers back to 1963 and the dawn of a glamorous new era of luxury air travel.
The series follows the lives of a group of Pan Am pilots and air hostesses as they take to the skies, crossing the globe in a jet-powered, seductive age, shaped by romance, shifting social values and international espionage.
Series creator Jack Orman takes viewers back to a time when air travel was an adventure, flight destinations were exotic ports of call, and your food, blanket and pillow were gratis.
It's 1963 and a new generation is leading the way to the future. John F. Kennedy is US President.
Juan Trippe's airline, Pan American, is launching into the Jet Age with its first cross-Atlantic flight on a Boeing 707.
While World War Two and Korea are history, the Cold War is in full swing and the world is poised on the brink of a cultural revolution.
In this modern world, air travel represents the height of luxury, and Pan Am is the biggest name in the business. The planes are sleek and glamorous, the pilots are heroic and the stewardesses are the most desirable women in the world.
Not only are they young and good-looking but representing Pan Am means they also have to be educated, cultured and refined. They're trained to handle everything from in-air emergencies to unwanted advances - all without rumpling their pristine uniforms or mussing their hair.
Pan Am stars Christina Ricci (Penelope) as Maggie, Margot Robbie (Neighbours) as Laura, Michael Mosley (Justified) as Ted, Karine Vanasse (Polytechnique) as Colette, with Mike Vogel (The Help) as Dean and Kelli Garner (Going The Distance) as Kate.
Pan Am is outfitted with an award-winning and distinguished team of producers, writers and directors: Jack Orman (ER, Men Of A Certain Age), Thomas Schlamme (The West Wing, Parenthood, Mr. Sunshine) and Nancy Hult Ganis (Akeelah And The Bee) are executive producers. Sid Ganis, Lydia Woodward, Todd Ellis Kessler and Andrew Bernstein are co-executive producers.
Orman also wrote the pilot, with Schlamme directing.
Pan Am is produced by Jack Orman Productions, Out of the Blue Entertainment and Shoe Money Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.
(BMcC)
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