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The BBC flies in with Pan-Am to take (it) to (the) Sky

Pan Am no doubt conjures images of the glory of air-travel long since past, and in particular the paradigm shifting brilliance and dominance of the eponymous airline. It's now a new show from US network ABC, and one which will be shown on terrestrial TV via the BBC some point after its premiere in the US, scheduled for September 25th.

From the show's own marketing material, Pan Am is described thus:

Passion, jealousy and espionage... They do it all – and they do it at 30,000 feet. The style of the 1960s, the energy and excitement of the Jet Age and a drama full of sexy entanglements deliciously mesh in this thrilling and highly-original new series.

Sounds pretty good, huh? Better when you learn Christina Ricci (everyone's favourite child actor turned movie goddess, no?) will play a key character who leads a bohemian lifestyle until she becomes a corseted air stewardess - the most glamorous career in the world in the 1960's, apparently - and turns a rather buttoned up professional. I can see that leading to dramatic interactions down the line...

Janice Hadlow, BBC 2's controller is convinced that in picking up Pan Am there is something to appeal to the Mad Men / Boardwalk Empire crowd (more Mad Men I suspect given its network, rather than cable heritage) and stand up said competition now owned by Sky in the UK:

"Pan Am captures the excitement and optimism of travel in the 1960s" she said.

"With a love story at its heart and a great unfolding plot that hints at the danger and mystery to come, viewers will be in for an exciting but turbulent ride."

Check out the official site here.

Also thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for Janice Hadlow's comments.

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