Sky announces Lockerbie doc
November 3, 2022
Sky is about to start filming for upcoming new Sky original documentary Lockerbie. The 3-part series, has begun production and is produced by Mindhouse Productions in association with Sky Studios.
Lockerbie (working title) tells the incredible true story of Britain’s deadliest terrorist atrocity and the most fatal terrorist attack on America before 9/11: the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, when 270 people lost their lives on the night of December 21 1988.
The documentary will speak to individuals closely linked to the disaster and the years-long investigation that followed it. With access to victims’ families, investigators, intelligence officers and other key figures who have not spoken until now, the series will examine unanswered questions and explore the truth behind the atrocity to provide a definitive account of the bombing and its aftermath and – ultimately – who was responsible.
Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual for Sky, said: “The tragedy of Lockerbie still looms large in our recent history, and yet we’ve not seen a long form, forensic deep dive into the story, and nothing which brings it up to the present day. The rigorous and thoughtful approach that John and the team are taking leaves me in no doubt this series will do justice to this complex story, and we’re honoured to be bringing it to our customers at Sky.”
John Dower, Director for Mindhouse Productions, commented: ”I vividly remember Lockerbie from my teenage years of growing up in a Scottish household, but revisiting the event over 30 years later realized how little I knew about the actual event and the way it continues to reverberate down the years. For me that is a great starting point for a documentary and I feel a real responsibility not only to the complexity of the story but also to the families on both sides of the Atlantic. I’m also delighted to be teaming up again with Louis Theroux and his new company Mindhouse to undertake this challenge.”
Nancy Strang, Executive Producer for Mindhouse Productions, added: “The shocking story of the Lockerbie bombing is remarkably under told in documentary form, especially given the scale of the attack and human loss, and its global repercussions. It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to hear from those closest to the story – particularly the families involved – and also to work with a brilliant director like John Dower who I know will honour their testimonies and the continuing search for the truth about what happened and why.”
The series is executive produced by Arron Fellows and Nancy Strang for Mindhouse Productions and directed by award winning John Dower (My Scientology Movie, Thriller in Manila).
The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, and Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios.