Prince William to star in new series of Helicopter Rescue

The show's second series will show "extensive footage" of The Duke of Cambridge at work at the RAF base in Anglesey


Prince William is set to star in the second series of Helicopter Rescue.


The series, which is returning on 8 April for a second run, has gained exclusive access to the crews working at RAF Valley on Anglesey and RMB Chivenor in Devon and will follow the everyday dramas of the RAF Search and Rescue Force.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge, or Flt Lt Wales as he’s known to his RAF colleagues, will appear in “extensive footage” detailing his daily working life in the RAF as he and his fellow Search and Rescue pilots help save lives.

During the series Prince William will share his feelings about his high-pressure day job, saying: “There’s no greater feeling than when you’ve actually done some good and saved someone’s life. I don’t think there’s any greater calling in life… to be able to see a son or daughter’s face when you bring their mother or father back from the edge of death – it’s quite powerful.”

The first episode will see Prince William captain a crew of rescuers called to an old slate quarry in Blaenau Ffestiniog, where a local boy has fallen off an old railway bridge.

Of his role in the rescue, Prince William said: “As captain you’re trying to play out the entire rescue, the transit to the rescue and back again in your mind, and pick up any circumstances or problems you can foresee, and try and fix them on the ground before you get airborne.”

As well as dramatic footage of rescues, the series will follow the crew as they live, eat and work together on long 24-hour shifts and see how the challenging job can take it’s toll on the team members.


Helicopter Rescue starts Monday 8 April at 8:30pm on BBC1 and BBC1 Wales