After the end of the Second World War, Jack Ruskin, a demobbed pilot, attempts to make a living from his one-plane airline business.






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Series cast summary:
Roy Marsden Roy Marsden ...  Jack Ruskin 9 episodes, 1982
Richard Heffer ...  Peter Witney 8 episodes, 1982
Sean Scanlan Sean Scanlan ...  Jock McEvoy 8 episodes, 1982
Polly Hemingway ...  Jennie Shaw 8 episodes, 1982
Peter Schofield Peter Schofield ...  Frank Shaw / ... 8 episodes, 1982
Terence Rigby ...  Ernie Cade 7 episodes, 1982
Jeanne Watts Jeanne Watts ...  Mrs. Shaw 7 episodes, 1982
Michael Wisher ...  Kellett 6 episodes, 1982
Christopher Gray Christopher Gray ...  Alby Clarke 4 episodes, 1982


Newly-discharged from the RAF after World War II, Jack Ruskin, a blunt no-nonsense Yorkshireman, decides to set up his own airline, Ruskin Air Services. Something of an idealist, Jack is prepared to bend every rule in the book to achieve his goal of flying a Dakota once again. He soon does a deal with Ernie Cade, a notorious spiv who can lay his hands on any item of war surplus - for the right price - and then enlists Peter Witney as co-pilot and Jock McEvoy as maintenance engineer. But his long absences start to put a strain on his relationship with Jennie, his girlfriend. Written by Martin Underwood

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3 January 1982 (UK) See more »

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10 August 2014 | by g_robsonSee all my reviews

A fantastic, realistic and sometimes brutally honest reprise of how life in the RAF and post war aviation industry was. No holds barred. This series represents in a factual and honest manner the feelings, views and beliefs of serving RAF personell and politicions. The factual regards to flying scenes and continuity are great and to be fair "continual". There is no doubt in my mind Roy Marsden is a great actor and the likes of Richard Heffer, Sean Scanlan and Poly Hemingway all ad the practical and basic acting skills required in this ...stripped down and back to basics acting genre. Great acting, and fascinating radio controlled models used to represent full-sized aircraft. Well shot and produced.

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