MANCHESTER: THE NIGHT OF THE BOMB
1 HOUR FILM FOR BBC2 - PRODUCED WITH AMOS PICTURES & BBC2
This 60 minute documentary by AMOS Pictures is a powerfully dramatic retelling of the 2017 terrorist attack for BBC Two.
On May 22 2017 a Manchester-born man detonated a homemade bomb at an Ariana Grande pop concert, killing twenty-two people and himself. It was Britain’s deadliest terrorist attack since 7/7. The documentary tells the story of that night in forensic detail, through the eyes of teenage girls who survived the attack, witnesses and key members of the emergency services. It features unseen mobile phone video and unheard audio recordings and has exclusive access to the emergency services.
The film also explores the identity and motives of the suicide bomber. Featuring interviews with counter-terrorism police and his friends from South Manchester, the film sheds light on what may have led Salman Abedi, a 22-year-old Manchester boy of Libyan parentage, to target a group of children attending a concert celebrating the independence and empowerment of young women.
★★★★★ Financial Times ★★★★★ The Telegraph ★★★★★ Mail on Sunday
“A riveting, emotional and shocking reminder of despicable cruelty. Manchester: the Night of the Bomb was a shocking reminder of the despicable cruelty of the attack, and the lamentable aftermath. Images from the documentary will stay with me a long time. Events like these need careful, unflinching documentarians, and Jamie Roberts is one.”
Chris Harvey, The Telegraph
Manchester: The Night of the Bomb provides a gruelling evocation of that tragedy. Some of it is positively haunting. But it is also, in the end, inspiring, thanks to the determination of those present to tell their stories.”
Tim Dowling, The Guardian
“Manchester: The Night of the Bomb was notable not just for the appalling details you would expect of the terrorist attack at the Ariana Grande concert last May, but in its critique of the shortcomings in the emergency services’ response.”
James Jackson, The Times