Grenfell Tower fire is being adapted into three part BBC drama
Posted by  badge Boss on Feb 13, 2023 - 03:41PM
The Grenfell Tower fire will be the subject of an upcoming BBC drama (Picture: Hollie Adams/Getty Images)

The BBC has commissioned a factual drama about the tragedy which saw 72 people lose their lives.

Thousands more saw which left a community grieving and now the BBC has announced plans for Grenfell, a three part series drawing on ‘five years of research’.

In a press release, the broadcaster said the programme will be told after ‘taking in public sources, the inquiry hearings, and extensive interviews’ conducted by writer-director Peter Kosminsky and associate producer Ahmed Peerbux.

The BBC has said the drama will ‘give a comprehensive account of the events leading up to, during, and after’ .

The broadcaster added: ‘Told from multiple perspectives, the three-part series will shine a light on the human stories of those caught up in the tragedy, exploring the profound impact of Grenfell on survivors, the families and loved ones of those whose lives were lost, the firefighters on duty that night, and the wider community.’

Kosminsky said in a statement: ‘We remember what we were doing when we heard about it, remember the pictures, the saturation coverage.

The fire saw 72 people lose their lives (Picture: PA)

‘And yet, despite this, despite the many newspaper pages and TV hours devoted to the story, we may be left with a less than clear sense of exactly what happened, what went wrong.

‘In our drama, we attempt to pick our way through hours of public testimony, as well as original interviews conducted by our team, to reach the heart of this catastrophe: how such a thing can have happened; how we can avoid it ever happening again.’

Peerbux added: ‘We have been working on this drama for more than five years now, and it is only right that such a terrible event, seared into the national psyche, should be approached with rigour and not rushed.

‘We are immensely grateful to the men and women who have shared their stories with us, and let us into their lives – we couldn’t possibly hope to honour their experiences without the time and trust they have given us.’

Meanwhile, BBC’s director of drama Lindsay Salt promised the subject would be covered ‘sensitively and respectfully’.

More information will be announced ‘in due course’.