BBC creating two-part drama on Salisbury novichok poisonings

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Published by Ellie Harries at 5:42am 17th May 2019. (Updated at 5:50am 17th May 2019)

'Salisbury' will focus on how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep.

The new factual drama has been commissioned by BBC Two.

It will focus on the novichok poisonings from 2018, when former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter were targeted with the nerve-agent.

Sergei and Yulia Skripal
Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned in Salisbury in March 2018

They've described it as:

"The two-part drama tells the story of how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency."

Writers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, said:

"We feel extremely privileged to be telling this story. 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."



Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, said:

"The poisonings in Salisbury shocked the nation and had a huge impact on an unsuspecting community.

"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."

There will be two 60 minute episodes - it's unknown when they will air yet.

Casting will be announced in due course.

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