New BBC One Crime Drama 'The Salisbury Poisonings' Drops On Saturday
Screening at 9pm over three consecutive nights on the 13th, 14th and 15th of June, The Salisbury Poisonings is based on the real-life case of the Novichok poisonings, which saw ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia targeted with a deadly nerve agent.
The pair were discovered unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city in March 2018. Both were admitted to hospital in a critical condition but went on to make a recovery.
However, British national Dawn Sturgess was fatally poisoned in the attack after she was exposed to the agent through a perfume bottle found in a charity shop bin seven miles away.
British government officials quickly pointed the finger of blame at Vladimir Putin's Russia for the poisonings but the country denied involvement.
The whereabouts of Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia is unknown but they are believed to have fled the country to start a new life.
The Salisbury Poisonings dramatises the astonishing case, exploring its impact on the city and its residents.
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Starring in the series are MyAnna Buring as Dawn Sturgess, Anne-Marie Duff as Tracy Daszkiewicz, and Rafe Spall as Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey.
Other cast members includes Annabel Scholey as Sarah Bailey, Johnny Harris as Charlie Rowley, and Mark Addy as Ross Cassidy.
The official synopsis reads: "The drama tells the remarkable story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency."
It continues: "The Salisbury Poisonings captures the bravery, resilience and, in some cases, personal tragedy of the unsuspecting locals, who faced a situation of unimaginable horror so close to home."
Talking about the series, writers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn said: "We feel extremely privileged to be telling this story.
"Extensive, meticulous research is at the heart of how we like to work and we've been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people of Salisbury who have opened up to us over the past few months and continue to do so."
"This is an extraordinary story full of ordinary heroes, the tale of how a community responded to an inconceivable event."
The Salisbury Poisonings airs on BBC One at 9pm over three consecutive nights: 13th, 14th and 15th of June.
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