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‘Catch-22’ mini-series to begin airing on Channel 4 this month

Photo: B-25J ‘Axis Nightmare’, seen transiting through Duxford last July after filming for ‘Catch-22’. The fictitious ‘Yankee Doodle’ nose art had already been removed. MATTHEW ROBERTS


A pair of US-based B-25 Mitchell warbirds will feature in a brand-new TV adaption of Joseph Heller’s World War Two novel, Catch-22.

A cinematic film based on the satirical book was released in 1970 and, after a lukewarm reception by the critics, the movie went on to achieve cult status. But this new six-part mini-series comes from the producers of the highly regarded crime show True Detective. The actors include Hollywood stalwart George Clooney (who also shares directing and producing roles), Hugh Laurie and Christopher Abbott.

The real stars for many, though, will be the two B-25Js used for filming on location in mainland Italy and Sardinia. They are Planes of Fame’s B-25J Mitchell 44-30423 (N3675G) Photo Fanny, which was painted as the fictitious Fly Me High! for the shoots, while the Tri-State Warbird Museum’s 45-8898 (N898BW) Axis Nightmare was transformed into Yankee Doodle for Catch-22 purposes.

Other aircraft employed for filming were the C-47 42-100884 owned by Aces High at North Weald, Essex, and the Ju 52 FT.2B-212 (F-AZJU), from La Ferte-Alais, France. Catch-22 will premiere on Channel 4 in the UK on June 20.

A still from Catch-22 featuring ‘Yankee Doodle’. PHILIPE ANTONELLO VIA CHANNEL 4

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