I have a confession to make – I'm a secret airport ob doc addict.
It's a little-known condition with no cure. Its main symptoms are relentless trawling of "replay" channels on Sky for anything with "air" in the title, followed by extensive lobbying of channel executives to make new shows about airports, planes and associated trades.
It all began back in 1996 when the BBC first broadcast Airport. Nearly two decades later, my search for the ultimate airside fix continues.
So as the excellent ITV nod to the genre, Britain's Busiest Airport - Heathrow, continues, I thought I'd share with you some of my favourite series that show the airport warts and all...
The daddy of all airport ob docs (and lends a lot to the new ITV show), unlike most of its imitators Airport was based at one of the busiest and most important air hubs in the world – London Heathrow. During its 12-year tenure, the show featured guest appearances from luminaries as diverse as the Queen, Princess Diana, Bob Geldof, Bill Clinton and Pamela Anderson.
Despite featuring an array of regular contributors, from check-in staff to vets, security guards to air stewards, Airport will be remembered by most folk for its larger than life break-out star, a certain Jeremy Spake – an Aeroflot manager with so much charisma, he now has his own website.