Lockerbie Bombing TV Drama Will Go Into Production This Year

A new television series about the impact of the Lockerbie disaster goes into production this year. Photo: Roy Letkey

Sky is teaming up with a US streaming service to make the five-part series, which is set to air next year.

It’s written by Oscar nominees Jim and Kirsteen Sheridan, father-and-daughter Irish screenwriters and directors, whose credits include In the Name of the Father and In America.

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The series will explore the impact of the disaster on the Swire family following the loss of their 23-year-old daughter, Flora, in the disaster.

Dr Jim Swire and his wife Jane, leaving Westminster Abbey in London in 1998 following an act of remembrance service on the 10th anniversary of the Lockerbie disaster. Image: Toby Melville/PA

It was announced less than a year after the publication of a book chronicling Dr. Swire’s efforts to establish the truth about Lockerbie.

He has led a campaign that argues that the only man ever convicted of the Lockerbie bombing, the late Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, was the victim of a miscarriage of justice.

Former Libyan intelligence officer Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted in 2001 of mass murder by a specially convened Scottish court in the Netherlands and jailed for life with a minimum sentence of 27 years. Megrahi was released from prison in 2009 on humanitarian grounds as he was terminally ill with cancer. He returned to Libya and died in 2012.

In addition to Sky and Peacock, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, the drama Lockerbie is also co-produced with Universal Studio Group.

Dr. Jim Swire.

An official announcement on the series from Sky and Peacock states: “All 259 passengers and crew were killed when the bomb exploded over Lockerbie 38 minutes after takeoff, and a further 11 residents lost their lives when the plane fell over calm, Scottish town.

“Thirteen years later, in 2001, Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted of the crime, then released on humanitarian grounds in 2009.

“Shortly after the Lockerbie bombing, one of the worst terrorist attacks in history, some families of the victims came together to launch a campaign for truth and justice.

“Among them was Dr Jim Swire, whose campaign took him to the sand dunes of Libya to meet Colonel Gaddafi face to face, to 10 Downing Street to meet successive prime ministers and to the halls of power in the United States where he worked with American victims’ groups to lobby Washington for increased airport security long before 9/11.

Jim and Kirsteen Sheridan said, “The bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the world that continues to have a broad impact on the sense of justice in United States, Scotland and Libya.

“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.

Jim Sheridan has been linked to a Lockerbie movie or drama for years.

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter in 2014, two years after Megrahi’s death, he said, “It’s scary what they didn’t reveal to us at the time. Regardless, the people are dead and you can’t bring them back to life. But in the future, we need clear investigations into these things.


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