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Colin Firth to lead new Sky drama Lockerbie

The five-part drama is based on the 1988 Lockerbie disaster and the search for justice by Dr Jim Swire and his wife Jane.

Credit: Mariano Vivanco

In Lockerbie, Colin Firth will portray Dr Jim Swire, who tragically lost his beloved daughter, Flora, in the devastating event and has doggedly pursued justice, along with his wife Jane, ever since.

The five-part drama is based on the book The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father’s Search for Justice by Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph, along with multiple other sources.

On 21st December 1988, 259 passengers and crew were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie 38 minutes after take-off, with a further 11 residents losing their life as the plane came down over the quiet, Scottish town.

In the wake of the disaster and his daughter Flora’s death, Dr Jim Swire (Firth), is nominated spokesperson for the UK victims’ families, who have united to demand truth and justice.

Travelling across continents and political divides, Jim embarks on a relentless journey that not only jeopardises his stability, family and life, but completely overturns his trust in the justice system. As the truth shifts under Jim’s feet, his view of the world is left forever sullied.

Exploring events from the disaster and its aftermath, Lockerbie provides an intimate account of a man, a husband, and a father who risks everything in memory of his daughter and the unflinching pursuit of truth and justice.

Lockerbie is a co-production between Carnival Films, which is part of Universal International Studios and Sky Studios and will be written by lead writer David Harrower with Maryam Hamidi guest writing on an episode. It'll be directed by Otto Bathurst, with Jim Loach also directing an episode and produced by Brian Kaczynski with Maryam Hamidi as Associate Producer.

Production will begin in early 2024 on the five-part drama which will be executive produced by Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant for Carnival Films, Sam Hoyle for Sky Studios and David Harrower, Liz Trubridge, Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan and Oskar Slingerland.

Lockerbie will air on Sky


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