Academy Award-winning actor Colin Firth is set to grace our screens in the upcoming limited event series "Lockerbie," a collaboration between Sky and Peacock Original. Firth, known for his remarkable performances in "The King's Speech" and "A Single Man," takes on the challenging role of Dr. Jim Swire in this compelling narrative based on real-life events.
"Lockerbie," a five-part series co-produced by Carnival Films (a part of Universal International Studios) and Sky Studios, promises a riveting exploration of justice, grief, and the aftermath of one of the most tragic aviation disasters in history. The series revolves around the Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie on December 21, 1988, where 259 passengers and crew lost their lives, along with 11 residents of the Scottish town.
Colin Firth's portrayal of Dr. Jim Swire, who tragically lost his daughter Flora in the Lockerbie bombing, adds depth to a story that delves into the aftermath of the tragedy. Driven by grief and the quest for justice, Swire becomes the spokesperson for UK victims' families, leading a charge for truth that spans continents and political landscapes.
Renowned Scottish playwright David Harrower, celebrated for works like "Blackbird" and "Knives in Hens," takes on the role of lead writer for "Lockerbie." The series boasts a talented lineup of directors, with Otto Bathurst, known for his work on "Peaky Blinders" and "The Winter King," leading the way, joined by Jim Loach, director of "Save Me."
"Lockerbie" promises an intimate portrayal of Dr. Jim Swire's relentless pursuit of truth and justice, unraveling the impact of the disaster on his stability, family, and life. As the narrative unfolds, viewers will witness the shifting truth beneath Swire's feet, leaving an indelible mark on his perception of the world.
The series, set to commence production in early 2024, brings together a stellar team of executive producers, including Gareth Neame and Nigel Marchant for Carnival Films, and Sam Hoyle for Sky Studios. David Harrower, Liz Trubridge, Jim Sheridan, Kirsten Sheridan, and Oskar Slingerland also contribute their expertise as executive producers, with Brian Kaczynski serving as the producer and Maryam Hamidi as the associate producer.
"Lockerbie" is not just a television series; it is a profound exploration of grief, resilience, and the unwavering pursuit of justice. Based on the book "The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father's Search for Justice" by Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph, along with multiple other sources, the series is poised to captivate audiences with its powerful narrative.
Fans can anticipate "Lockerbie" on Sky and NOW in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, as well as on Peacock in the US. International audiences will also have the opportunity to experience this poignant series, as NBCUniversal Global TV Distribution takes charge of international sales. As production gears up, "Lockerbie" is poised to become a gripping and thought-provoking addition to the realm of limited event series.