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Blue Lights: BBC Announces New Police Drama From Creators Of The Salisbury Poisonings

Blue Lights: BBC Announces New Police Drama From Creators Of The Salisbury Poisonings

This sounds like a hit.

Gregory Robinson

Gregory Robinson

The creators behind The Salisbury Poisonings have announced their next project - and it sounds like a must-watch.

The BBC's upcoming Blue Lights is a six-part police drama written by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn.

It will tell the story of probationary police officers working in Belfast where they will learn the basics of their jobs as they come to terms with a "constant threat", the BBC said in their announcement.

The Salisbury Poisonings was a huge hit for the BBC (

The officers-in-training must learn what it takes to make it as a police officer.

The show was inspired by "extensive research and interviews" and is inspired by the lives of real police officers working in Northern Ireland.

Both Adam and Declan worked in journalism before shifting to television. Declan spent ten years as an investigative reporter for BBC Panorama and Adam Patterson spent years working as a photojournalist and worked on current affairs documentaries.

The Salisbury Poisonings was inspired by real events (

Blue Lights marks their first series since The Salisbury Poisonings debuted in June last year.

On 4th March 2018, Sergei Skripal, a 66-year-old former Russian military officer and double agent for the UK's intelligence services, and his daughter Yulia Skripal were found unconscious on a public bench in the centre of Salisbury by a passing nurse and doctor.

An eyewitness reported seeing Yulia, 33, foaming at the mouth with her eyes wide open but completely white.The father and daughter had been poisoned with a Novichok nerve agent.

After three weeks in critical condition, Yulia regained consciousness and was able to speak, while her father Sergei regained consciousness one month after the attack.

A police officer was also taken into intensive care after being exposed to the toxic agent at Sergei's home.

The Salisbury Poisonings was directly Inspired these events and the decontamination crisis in Salisbury, England.

The show became a huge hit for the BBC, with the first episode attracted 10 million viewers, making it the BBC's most watched drama since Bodyguard aired two years prior.

The Salisbury Poisonings is still available to stream on BBC iPlayer right now.

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Topics: TV and Film, BBC