Lockerbie Sky Original Documentary Announced

Sky has announced that it is about to start filming for its upcoming Sky Original documentary Lockerbie.

The 3-part series, has begun production and is produced by Mindhouse Productions in association with Sky Studios.

Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual for Sky says: “The tragedy of Lockerbie still looms large in our recent history, and yet we’ve not seen a long form, forensic deep dive into the story, and nothing which brings it up to the present day.

“The rigorous and thoughtful approach that John (Dower) and the team are taking leaves me in no doubt this series will do justice to this complex story, and we’re honoured to be bringing it to our customers at Sky.” 

Lockerbie (WT) tells the incredible true story of Britain’s deadliest terrorist atrocity and the most fatal terrorist attack on America before 9/11, the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, when 270 people lost their lives on the night of December 21 1988. 

The documentary will speak to individuals closely linked to the disaster and the years-long investigation that followed it.

With access to victims’ families, investigators, intelligence officers and other key figures who have not spoken until now, the series will examine unanswered questions and explore the truth behind the atrocity to provide a definitive account of the bombing and its aftermath and, ultimately, who was responsible. 

John Dower, Director for Mindhouse Productions says: “I vividly remember Lockerbie from my teenage years of growing up in a Scottish household, but revisiting the event over 30 years later realized how little I knew about the actual event and the way it continues to reverberate down the years.

“For me that is a great starting point for a documentary and I feel a real responsibility not only to the complexity of the story but also to the families on both sides of the Atlantic.

“I’m also delighted to be teaming up again with Louis Theroux and his new company Mindhouse to undertake this challenge.”

Nancy Strang, Executive Producer for Mindhouse Productions says: “The shocking story of the Lockerbie bombing is remarkably under told in documentary form, especially given the scale of the attack and human loss, and its global repercussions.

“It’s a privilege to have the opportunity to hear from those closest to the story – particularly the families involved – and also to work with a brilliant director like John Dower who I know will honour their testimonies and the continuing search for the truth about what happened and why.”

For those that do not know Lockerbie is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland that Pan Am flight 103 was flying over when a bomb was detonated killing all 243 passengers and 16 crew on the Boeing 747.

The aeroplane then crashed into Lockerbie killing 11 residents.

After three years of investigations arrest warrants were issued for two Libyan nationals and eight years later they were handed over for trial at Camp Zeist, Netherlands by Muammar Gaddafi.

Only Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, a Libyan intelligence officer, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison, he was released in 2009 on compassionate grounds and died 2012.

The Libyan leader Gaddafi accepted responsibility for the bombing in 2003 but maintained he never ordered the attack, then in 2011 during the First Libyan Civil War former Minister of Justice Mustafa Abdul Jalil, claimed Gaddafi ordered the bombing but he later denied the claim.

The series is executive produced by Arron Fellows and Nancy Strang for Mindhouse Productions and directed by award winning John Dower (My Scientology Movie, Thriller in Manila).

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, and Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual.