BBC One has ordered A Song For Jenny, a one-off drama about Julie Nicholson, who lost her daughter Jenny in the 7/7 London bombings. Emily Watson (The Book Thief) is attached to star in the factual drama, which is set to air in July 2015 to mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
A Song For Jenny follows Julie Nicholson on that fateful summer day in July 2005 when four suicide bombers attacked London, killing 52 people and wounding a further 700. The drama recreated Julie’s actions and responses from the moment she learned of the terror attack, to the news that her daughter was missing and the confirmation that Jenny was amongst the dead.
Emily Watson is set to lead the cast of the on-off as Julie Nicholson. “Although daunted by the task ahead, as a Londoner who was there on 7/7, I feel honoured to be part of the team asked to tell this compelling story”, she said. “I hope we can do it justice.”
The 75 minute drama was written by Frank McGuiness and is based on Julie Nicholson’s book ‘A Song for Jenny: A Mother’s Story of Love and Loss’. A Song For Jenny is being produced by BBC Drama Production Northern Ireland. Liz Trubridge is set to produce and The Fall‘s Stephen Wright will serve as the executive producer. Brian Percival will direct the drama, which is set to enter production in London this Autumn.
“Ten years on, A Song For Jenny will be a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy of the 7/7 London bombings”, said BBC One Controller Charlotte Moore, who commissioned the drama alongside the BBC’s Controller of Drama Commissioning Ben Stephenson. “But it will also be a very personal story, exploring universal themes of grief, loss and forgiveness through one mother’s struggle to reconcile her feelings with her faith.”
While Julie Nicholson added: “Despite the poignancy of the subject, I am delighted that my memoir has inspired the re-telling of Jenny’s story for film. I believe it is in safe hands and I have long admired and respected the work of Frank McGuinness who is to write the screenplay.”