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BBC2 delves into Salisbury poisonings

UK pubcaster BBC2 has commissioned a two-part factual drama based on the 2018 Novichok poisonings in the city of Salisbury.

Patrick Holland

Piers Wenger, controller of BBC Drama, and Patrick Holland, controller of BBC2, have greenlit Salisbury from Fremantle-backed UK scripted prodco Dancing Ledge Productions.

The drama tells the story of how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, when Sergei Skripal, a former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK’s intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found poisoned and clinging to life on a busy thoroughfare.

Both survived but another woman, Dawn Sturgess, subsequently died after mistaking a bottle of nerve agent she had found for perfume. The UK has subsequently accused the Russian state of attempted murder.

The drama will be written by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, who said: “Extensive, meticulous research is at the heart of how we like to work and we’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Salisbury who have opened up to us over the past few months and continue to do so. This is an extraordinary story full of ordinary heroes, the tale of how a community responded to an inconceivable event.”

Wenger added: “BBC2 plugs into contemporary issues and dilemmas of the modern world and has a rich history of exploring true stories from different perspectives in a sensitive and considered way. This drama will capture the bravery, resilience and personal experience of the local people who faced a situation of unimaginable horror so close to home.”

Fremantle is handling international distribution of the 2×60’ show.

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