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New BBC Drama On Tragedy Of Salisbury Poisonings Is Coming

Ciara Sheppard

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New BBC Drama On Tragedy Of Salisbury Poisonings Is Coming

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The BBC has announced a three-part drama based on the 2018 Salisbury poisonings - and it looks seriously gripping.

Starring Anne-Marie Duff and Rafe Spall, the drama will tell the extraordinary true story of the heroism shown by the local community and emergency services in the Wiltshire city, when their home became the site of an unprecedented national emergency.

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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 crisis in the Wiltshire city became a national emergency (Credit: BBC)
The crisis in the Wiltshire city became a national emergency (Credit: BBC)

Tragically, a similar poisoning of two Brits occurred in Amesbury, seven miles north of Salisbury, at the end of June after a man found the nerve agent in a perfume bottle in a litter bin.

He gave the perfume to Dawn Sturgess, who fell ill within 15 minutes of spraying it on her wrist. She tragically died nine days later in hospital, with police believing it was the same poison that had been disposed of after the Skripal attack.

BBC's new drama stars Anne-Marie Duff as Tracy Daszkiewicz, MyAnna Buring as Dawn Sturgess, Rafe as Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey, Johnny Harris as Charlie Rowley, Annabel Scholey as Sarah Bailey, Mark Addy as Ross Cassidy, Stella Gonet as Caroline Sturgess and Ron Cook as Stan Sturgess.

 Russian Nationals Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who were suspected of the poisoning, on CCTV at Salisbury train station (Credit: PA)
Russian Nationals Ruslan Boshirov and Alexander Petrov, who were suspected of the poisoning, on CCTV at Salisbury train station (Credit: PA)

The Salisbury Poisonings will air on Sunday 14th, Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th June at 9pm on BBC One. You can watch the trailer above.

Topics: TV News, TV Entertainment

Ciara Sheppard
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