Hello Goodbye

Airports aren’t just about exhausting queues, enraging delays and the perils of lost luggage. They are the 24-hour backdrop to emotional reunions, and tear-tinged goodbyes, with the hustle and bustle of people on the move hiding a host of human stories. HELLO GOODBYE sees Kate Thornton meeting the everyday people whose heartache and joy is played out at the check-in desks and departure gates of the UK’s busiest airport.
HELLO GOODBYE puts a human face to a traditionally anonymous environment, briefly sharing the uplifting or turbulent personal dramas of the people who pass through the airport system. From the lovers being parted by thousands of miles, to the families desperate to be reunited, Kate meets a range of people as they experience some of the saddest, and happiest, moments of their lives.

Kate Thornton commented: “I’m thrilled to be a part of HELLO GOODBYE. It’s been a real privilege to be a part of some incredible human interest stories that never cease to amaze, impress and move me. It’s a show that shines a light on real people in some of their most telling, vulnerable, ecstatic and emotional moments that will hopefully have you crying into your hankies one moment and grinning like a fool the next.”

In this touching series Kate makes contact with people from all cultures and walks of life, teasing out the stories that are constantly unfolding at the airport. From the tear-jerking farewells to the ecstatic reunions and joyous homecomings, each story reveals a personal journey. Take Mike, who is making a heart wrenching trip to Australia. Having recently lost his wife, he is going to spend some time with his sister in an effort to start healing from his pain.

Sometimes it is just the simple pleasures that can’t help to melt your heart. From the best friends who haven’t seen each other in years, to the young woman excitedly waiting to greet her mum who has flown in from Turkey. In her own words, even now she is happily married and living in England, sometimes you just need a hug from your mum! A devastated young girl proves that the first goodbye is the hardest as she is about to be parted from her boyfriend for the first time.

Don’t miss HELLO GOODBYE, February 2009 on Sky1 and Sky1 HD.

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