Peacock and UK Sky TV are teaming up for a new mini-series dramatizing the events of Lockerbiethe 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
The show will follow the quest for justice led by Dr. Jim Swire and his wife Jane who lost their daughter, Flora, in the disaster. A five-part event, the series is written by Oscar-nominated talent Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan (above).
All 259 passengers and crew perished when a bomb exploded over Lockerbie, Scotland, 38 minutes after takeoff. Additionally, 11 townspeople lost their lives as a result of the crash. Thirteen years later, in 2001, Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the crime. But that was not the end of the saga as he was later released on humanitarian grounds in 2009.
Following the attack, which is still considered one of the worst terrorist attacks in history, the families of the victims united to launch a campaign demanding justice for their loved ones. Among them were the Swires whose efforts brought Dr Jim Swire to the sand dunes of Libya for a face-to-face meeting with Colonel Gaddafi as well as to 10 Downing Street to meet Prime Ministers.
Dr. Swire’s work also brought him to America where he worked with victims’ groups, lobbying for tighter airport security even before 9/11. Based on the book by Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father’s Quest for Justicethe series will explore events from 1988 to the present day while offering a more intimate narrative from the perspective of a husband and father.
“The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the world that continues to have far-reaching implications for the sense of justice in the United States, Scotland and in Libya,” Jim and Kirsten Sheridan said in a joint statement. “More than 30 years later, this series takes an intimate and very personal look at the aftermath of the disaster, and we are grateful to everyone, especially Jim and Jane, who shared their story with us, and the story of their loved ones, on screen.
Scheduled to begin production later this year, Lockerbie is a co-production between UCP and Sky Studios and is being produced with Universal International Studios’ Carnival Films for Sky and Peacock. Alongside Jim and Kirsten Sheridan, Naomi Sheridan will guest-star for one episode. Lokerbie is produced by Nigel Marchant, Gareth Neame, Samantha Hoyle and Oskar Slingerland.
Stay tuned for more on the next series set to premiere on Sky and air on Peacock in 2023.
LockerbieSeries Premiere, Scheduled for 2023, Peacock and Sky