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Colin Firth to star in Sky drama Lockerbie


Colin Firth to star in Sky drama Lockerbie

The five-part limited global event series from Universal International Studios’ Carnival Films & Sky Studios is based on the 1988 Lockerbie disaster…

Colin Firth will star in the upcoming Sky and Peacock Original limited event series Lockerbie.

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.

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.

Production on the series will commence early 2024.

The five-part series is a co-production between Carnival Films and Sky Studios. Scottish playwright David Harrower joins the series as lead writerMaryam Hamidi is a guest writer on an episode. Otto Bathurst is the lead director. Jim Loach will also direct an episode. Lockerbie will be available on Sky and streaming service NOW in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, and on Peacock in the US.

The series 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.

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