BBC Two Orders Challenger Disaster TV Movie ‘Final Flight’

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EXCLUSIVE: I have just learned that BBC Two has given the green-light to a new two-hour TV movie about the 1986 Challenger disaster titled Final Flight.

My sources tell me that the drama, which is a co-production with the US’s Science Channel, is based on Richard Feynman’s book What Do You Care What Other People Think and has been described as a “political drama surrounding the Challenger disaster that occured on January 28, 1986.” I understand that the film, which is being written by Kate Gartside, will focus on the Rogers Commission and their investigation into the disaster. Moonlighting Films is producing Final Flight in association with BBC Two and Science Channel, with Laurie Borg and Theresa Ryan Van Graan serving as producers and James Hawes on board as director. Casting for the TV movie is currently underway and I’m told that BBC Two will be announcing the project shortly. Production is due to commence by the end of the month and the movie will be shot on location in Johannesburg, London and Washington DC.