BBC Two Orders Two-Part Salisbury Poisoning Drama

BBC Two has ordered two-part factual drama Salisbury, which explores the impact of the 2018 Novichok poisonings on Salisbury and the community.

The two-parter tells the story of how ordinary people reacted to a crisis on their doorstep, displaying extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency. The BBC said that casting would be announced in due course.

Salisbury was commissioned by BBC Two Controller Patrick Holland and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. It is being penned by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn and is set up at Dancing Ledge Productions. The executive producers are Chris Carey and Laurence Bowen, Adam Patterson, Declan Lawn and Lucy Richer.

“This is the story of the poisonings in Salisbury that hasn’t been told – the story of a community living through the real life horror of an invisible threat that could and did kill without warning, a story of tragedy but also of resilience, and pride. It’s a real privilege to be involved in its telling”, said Laurence Bowen, CEO of Dancing Ledge Productions.

“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”, commented writers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn. “This is an extraordinary story full of ordinary heroes, the tale of how a community responded to an inconceivable event.”

While Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama, added: “BBC Two plugs into contemporary issues and dilemmas of the modern world, and has a rich history of exploring true stories from different perspectives in a sensitive and considered way. The poisonings in Salisbury shocked the nation and had a huge impact on an unsuspecting community. This drama will capture the bravery, resilience and personal experience of the local people who faced a situation of unimaginable horror, so close to home.”