EXCLUSIVE: Sky and Peacock are behind a drama based on the notorious 1988 Lockerbie disaster from Oscar-nominated writers Jim Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan, Deadline can reveal.
airing next year, Lockerbie will be based on the search for justice by Dr Jim Swire and his wife Jane who lost their daughter Flora in the air disaster, which killed all 259 passengers and crew on board when it exploded over Lockerbie , in Scotland, 38 minutes after takeoff. Eleven other residents lost their lives when the plane crashed.
Swire led a campaign for truth and justice and embarked on a journey that included meeting Libyan Colonel Gaddafi and successive British prime ministers before Libyan national Abdelbaset al-Megrahi was convicted 13 years later. He was released on humanitarian grounds in 2009. The series is based on Swire and Peter Biddulph’s book about the disaster.
The five-part film comes from UCP, Sky Studios and Universal International Studios’ Carnival Films, and is a big-budget bet for Sky and Comcast-owned NBC streamer Peacock. Sky has tended to co-produce limited series such as Chernobyl with HBO and this show will air on Peacock only in the United States, with NBCUniversal Global Distribution handling international sales.
“The Pan Am Flight 103 disaster was one of the deadliest terrorist attacks in the world that continues to have far-reaching implications for the sense of justice in the United States, Scotland and Libya,” Jim said. Sheridan and Kirsten Sheridan. “More than 30 years later, this series takes an intimate and very personal look at the aftermath.”
The Sheridans were both Oscar nominated for feature film starring Paddy Considine in 2002 In America and Jim Sheridan also received nods for Daniel Day Lewis’ double In the name of the Father and My left foot.
The couple write all the episodes of Lockerbie, with Naomi Sheridan writing one. Nigel Marchant and Gareth Neame are executive producers for Carnival, with Samantha Hoyle executive producing for Sky Studios. Oskar Slingerland is also an executive producer. The series was commissioned by Gabriel Silver, director of commissioning for theater at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, general manager of content at Sky UK.