TWO Kendal men provided aerial footage with drone-mounted cameras for an award-winning television show pilot shot in the Lake District.

Andy Wills and Simon Handley teamed up with graduates National Film and Television School to help film for their reality television pilot 'Against All Odds'.

The episode, which was shot at prime beauty spots such as Helvellyn, Cautley Spout and Ullswater, has now been recognised at the New York Television Festival's Independent Pilot Competition.

'Against All Odds' was the only UK-produced entry to the competition, which came out on top in the 'best unscripted pilot/alternative project' category.

"It's a great bit of kudos," said Mr Wills, of Windermere Road who runs Hovershotz Aerial Drone Photography & Video.

"I'm not too sure if the drone footage contributed too much but I'm sure it must have helped."

In Against All Odds, five ordinary strangers each choose one of five locked bags – four contain blank paper and one contains £100,000 in cash. Over three days, the team must carry their bags on an epic journey across some of the UK’s toughest natural landscapes in the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales for the chance to split the money at the finish line.

Mr Handley, who owns Skylark Photography and lives near Old Hutton, added: "Andy and I were approached to provide aerial coverage to capture the contestants in areas where the standard film crew were not able to get.

"It was absolutely brilliant. It was a lot of fun and it was the biggest film crew I've ever been involved with."

After the success at the New York Television Festival, Mr Handley added he hoped the pilot would be taken on by a broadcaster.

"It could be that somebody now picks it up and and takes it on to make a television show out of it," he said. "If Andy and I are lucky enough, we may get commissioned to help produce a series of this."

To see a trailer of 'Against All Odds', visit

For more information on Mr Handley and Mr Wills visit and respectively.