Sky announces new Lockerbie Documentary

Thursday 3 November 2022

Directed by John Dower

 Produced by Mindhouse Productions in association with Sky Studios 

Sky announces today that it is about to start filming for upcoming new Sky original documentary Lockerbie. The 3-part series, has begun production and is produced by Mindhouse Productions in association with Sky Studios. 

Lockerbie (WT) tells the incredible true story of Britain’s deadliest terrorist atrocity and the most fatal terrorist attack on America before 9/11: the bombing of Pan Am flight 103, when 270 people lost their lives on the night of December 21 1988.  

The documentary will speak to individuals closely linked to the disaster and the years-long investigation that followed it.  With access to victims’ families, investigators, intelligence officers and other key figures who have not spoken until now, the series will examine unanswered questions and explore the truth behind the atrocity to provide a definitive account of the bombing and its aftermath and - ultimately - who was responsible.  

Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual for Sky says: “The tragedy of Lockerbie still looms large in our recent history, and yet we’ve not seen a long form, forensic deep dive into the story, and nothing which brings it up to the present day. The rigorous and thoughtful approach that John and the team are taking leaves me in no doubt this series will do justice to this complex story, and we’re honoured to be bringing it to our customers at Sky.”  

John Dower, Director for Mindhouse Productions says: "I vividly remember Lockerbie from my teenage years of growing up in a Scottish household, but revisiting the event over 30 years later realized how little I knew about the actual event and the way it continues to reverberate down the years. For me that is a great starting point for a documentary and I feel a real responsibility not only to the complexity of the story but also to the families on both sides of the Atlantic. I'm also delighted to be teaming up again with Louis Theroux and his new company Mindhouse to undertake this challenge." 

Nancy Strang, Executive Producer for Mindhouse Productions says: "The shocking story of the Lockerbie bombing is remarkably under told in documentary form, especially given the scale of the attack and human loss, and its global repercussions. 

It's a privilege to have the opportunity to hear from those closest to the story - particularly the families involved - and also to work with a brilliant director like John Dower who I know will honour their testimonies and the continuing search for the truth about what happened and why."  

The series is executive produced by Arron Fellows and Nancy Strang for Mindhouse Productions and directed by award winning John Dower (My Scientology Movie, Thriller in Manila). 

The series was commissioned by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, and Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual.  NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales of the series on behalf of Sky Studios. 

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About Sky

Sky is Europe’s leading media and entertainment company and is proud to be part of Comcast Corporation, a global media and technology company that connects people to moments that matter. Across six countries, Sky connects 23 million customers to the best entertainment, sports, news, arts and to our own award-winning original content.  

Following the launch of Sky Glass, we now offer customers our strongest ever line-up of products and services. As well as the new streaming TV with Sky inside and everything integrated, customers can enjoy the award-winning Sky Q with all your favourite channels and apps in one place, and with Sky Go you can now access an even better experience on your devices. Sky TV has new channels, new shows and new deals with Peacock, Paramount+ and more. Sky Mobile was voted Best Pay Monthly and Best Value Pay Monthly network by Uswitch, and with Sky Broadband we’re offering our fastest speeds yet. 

Building on the success of Sky Originals like Chernobyl, Gangs of London and Brassic, we are doubling our investment in original content by 2024 through Sky Studios. Our new TV and movie studio, Sky Studios Elstree, is expected to create over 2,000 new jobs and generate an additional £3 billion of production investment in the UK over the first five years alone. Sky News provides impartial and trustworthy journalism for free, Sky Arts is the UK’s only dedicated free-to-air arts channel making the arts accessible for everyone and Sky Sports, our leading sports broadcasting service, brings customers some of the biggest and best global sporting events from the Premier League to Formula 1 and everything in-between. Sky Cinema is the home of Sky Original films with brand new films launching every month alongside an unrivalled range of the latest cinema releases and on demand library. 

We believe that we can be a force for good in the communities in which we operate. We’re committed to being Europe’s first net zero carbon entertainment company by 2030 and we’re proud to be a Principal Partner and Media Partner of COP26 – the UN Climate Change Conference. We take pride in our approach to diversity and inclusion: we’ve been recognised by The Times and Stonewall for our commitment to diversity, and we’ve set ambitious 2025 targets to continue to increase diversity and representation.  We’re also committed to investing £30million across our markets over the next three years to improve our approach to diversity and inclusion, and to tackle racial injustice. 

About Sky Studios

Sky Studios is Sky’s original programming arm across Europe, responsible for the development, production and commissioning of drama and scripted comedy, while also delivering Sky Original documentary to Sky’s 23m customers and beyond. 

Building on the success of critically acclaimed Sky Originals including Emmy-winning Chernobyl, Bafta-winning Patrick Melrose and international hits Das Boot, Gomorrah and Gangs of London, Sky Studios is the creative home of new Sky Originals, such as Blocco 181, The Rising and The Fear Index. 

We’re an agile Studio, seeking out the best untold stories from new voices while working in creative partnership with today’s best writers, producers and on-screen talent to bring viewers stories they wouldn’t find anywhere else. 

About Mindhouse Productions

Mindhouse was founded in 2019 by filmmakers Louis Theroux, Arron Fellows and Nancy Strang, with Sophie Ardern appointed director in 2022. Telling compelling stories with intelligence and humour, it has quickly established a reputation for tackling thought-provoking and complex subjects, while also developing new talent and innovative projects that inform, entertain and inspire. 

Recent programmes include a new six-part celebrity interview series Louis Theroux Interviews… currently airing on BBC Two; and Mindhouse’s first Panorama documentary, The Champions League Final: What Went Wrong? recently aired on BBC One. 

Other recent projects include BBC One’s Joe Wicks: Facing My Childhood shining a light on parental mental health issues; BBC Two documentary series Louis Theroux’s Forbidden America; and BBC Three’s Eddie Hall: The Beast v The Mountain

Further credits include 20 episodes of Grounded with Louis Theroux, a podcast for BBC Radio 4 and BBC Sounds; Gods of Snooker  for BBC Two which was Grierson nominated for Best Sports Documentary; acclaimed Channel 4 series Sex Actually with Alice Levine; Sky’s four-part series The Bambers: Murder at the Farm; BBC Two’s Louis Theroux: Shooting Joe Exotic; and Louis Theroux: Life On The Edge, BBC Two’s four-part career retrospective looking back at a body.