Colin Firth (Pride and Prejudice) is set to star in five-part series Lockerbie, which follows the fallout from the deadliest terror attack in British history.
In 1998, Pan Am Flight 103 was bombed mid-flight over the Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew members on-board. Falling wreckage then resulted in a further 11 fatalities.
Firth plays Jim Swire, a GP whose daughter Flora was a passenger on the flight. Her death led him to embark on a lifelong campaign for the truth. Jim travels across the world and navigates nebulous political divisions to represent British victims’ families, and get to the bottom of what happened that evening over Lockerbie.
Among other sources, the TV show draws from the book The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father’s Search for Justice, which Swire wrote with Peter Biddulph.
Scottish playwright David Harrower (Blackbird) serves as lead writer, with Maryam Hamidi (Vigil) joining the show as a guest writer for an episode. Otto Bathurst (Peaky Blinders) is lead director, with Jim Loach (Save Me) also directing an episode.
Production is set to begin in early 2024. Lockerbie will be available on Sky and NOW in the UK, and Peacock in America. The series will also be accessible on Sky and NOW in Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy and Austria. NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution is responsible for international sales.