COME FLY WITH ME: David Walliams and Matt Lucas in character © BBC
MORE than ten million people tuned into a new TV show on Christmas Day filmed at Stansted Airport.
Matt Lucas and David Walliams' new mock-umentary comedy sketch show Come Fly With Me, which uses the international airport as a backdrop, commanded an impressive 41 per cent of the viewer share for its first episode.
"I was very excited to be able to sit down with my family and watch the show," said airport worker Kim Ruskin, who helped to organise the filming.
"We all enjoyed it and there is something really special about being able to watch a programme that we actually helped to become a reality."
The film crew took an initial look around in June, before coming back with the Little Britain writing and acting duo in July.
"I invited Matt and David to come and tour the airport themselves, which they did, and they seemed to really enjoy the tour," said Kim.
They confirmed they wanted to film at Stansted, and started preparing Kim with the information she would need to maintain an international airport while accommodating the film crew.
This included the areas they would be using, for how long they would need each of the areas, and how many cast and crew would be involved.
Kim said: "I targeted quiet areas to film in, so that passengers were not hindered and business went on as normal."
Filming took place over a three-week period in September, 13 days of which were dedicated to the programme and one for filming the Christmas advert.
"Matt and David are both very lovely people – also reflected in the BBC crew – and were a real pleasure to work with," said Kim.
"They both took the time to say thank-you personally."
Hundreds of airport staff were involved in the production, including security, management, engineering, catering and retailers.
"I am proud that everyone the crew came into contact with were thoroughly professional and worked incredibly hard to support the project," Kim said.
"I would like to thank them."