BBC Two has set the cast for Salisbury. Anne-Marie Duff (Shameless, His Dark Materials), Rafe Spall (The War Of The Worlds, Denmark) , Mark Addy (Game of Thrones, Downton Abbey) Annabel Scholey (The Split, Britannia), Johnny Harris (This is England ‘86, Jawbone) and MyAnna Buring (The Witcher, Ripper Street) have been set to star in the drama about the impact of the 2018 Novichok poisonings on Salisbury and the community.
Salisbury focuses on the impact the 2018 Novichok poisonings had on the local community. 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. Salisbury 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.
Rounding out the cast is Ron Cook, Stella Gonet, Faye McKeever, Kimberley Nixon and Duncan Pow. While originally commissioned as a two-parter, the BBC has since expanded the order for Salisbury to three episodes. It was penned by Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn and is being produced by Dancing Ledge Productions. Karen Lewis is the producer, while Saul Dibb is directing. The executive producers are Laurence Bowen and Chris Carey for Dancing Ledge Productions, Lucy Richer for the BBC and Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn. Production on the three-parter is now underway. Fremantle will handle global sales.
“It’s a privilege to be able to tell the story of people who were deeply affected by the events in Salisbury”, said writers Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn. “During our months of research, we have been humbled to hear their stories, and to be able to tell them in this drama.”
“This is a story we all think we know, but the truth of what people experienced and of the local response to the chemical attack, is shocking and humbling in equal measure”, commented
Laurence Bowen, Executive Producer for Dancing Ledge Productions.
While Lucy Richer, Executive Producer for the BBC, added: “To have such a distinguished cast taking part in the drama is testament to the strength and quality of Adam and Declan’s scripts. We are honoured to be telling this astonishing, powerful and moving story on the BBC.”