BBC flies with ‘Pan Am’

Follows loss of 'Mad Men,' 'Nurse Jackie'

LONDON — The BBC has nabbed U.K. rights to upcoming U.S. drama “Pan Am,” the 1960s period saga that returns auds to the days when flying was glamorous for passengers and air crew.

In other words, the show seeks to do for the skies what “Mad Men” did for Madison Avenue.

Skein follows the lives of a group of Pan Am pilots and air hostesses as they embrace the changing social values of the time.

Created by Jack Orman (whose credits include “ER”) and helmed by Thomas Schlamme(who worked on “The West Wing”), series stars Christina Ricci, Mike Vogel, Kelli Garner, Margot Robbie, Karine Vanasse and Michael Mosley. BBC2 controller Janice Hadlow said: ” ‘Pan Am’ captures the excitement and optimism of travel in the 1960s, when being an air hostess was the most glamorous occupation you could possibly have.

“With a love story at its heart and a great unfolding plot that hints at the danger and mystery to come, viewers will be in for an exciting but turbulent ride.”

It was acquired from Sony Pictures Television. The BBC was outbid by pay rival BSkyB for “Mad Men” and “Nurse Jackie.”

“Pan Am” is produced by Jack Orman Prods., Out of the Blue Entertainment and Show Money Prods., in association with Sony Pictures Television.