AMC announced today that, following a deal with global producer and distributor Fremantle, The Salisbury Poisonings will make its exclusive US debut on the network this fall.
Based on the incredible true story of the 2018 Novichok poisonings and the impact it had on a local community, The Salisbury Poisonings was the biggest overnight launch of a new drama in the UK in six years.
The four-part limited series from BBC One and Dancing Ledge stars Anne-Marie Duff (Sex Education, His Dark Materials), Rafe Spall (Trying, The War of the Worlds), MyAnna Buring (The Witcher, Ripper Street), and Johnny Harris (Medici, Fortitude).
The Salisbury Poisonings 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. In March 2018, the eyes of the world turned to the British city of Salisbury when it became the epicenter of what has been described as one of the biggest political events of the 21st century: Within three days of the assassination attempt on double agent and spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, key agencies discovered that a lethal nerve agent called Novichok was used. Just half a teaspoon of it could kill 20,000 people. Within four days, hundreds of traces were found across the city, and just when things were finally thought to be under control, a perfume bottle containing the nerve agent was discovered, throwing the investigation into renewed chaos.
The heroic acts behind the headlines have not been told. Until now.
Said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC and co-president of AMC Studios:
“The Salisbury Poisonings is a riveting story about the bravery and resilience of a small town under siege by a silent killer. With mysterious twists and turns and an array of complex, heroic characters, it’s exactly the type of captivating, high-end scripted drama that our audience craves, and we’re thrilled to share it with them this fall.”
The central characters affected by the attack — including Tracy Daszkiewicz (Marie-Anne Duff), who was the Director of Public Health of Wiltshire Council; the Sturgess family, who lost their daughter Dawn (MyAnna Buring); Charlie Rowley (Johnny Harris), Dawn’s boyfriend; and Detective Sergeant Nick Bailey (Rafe Spall), who was contaminated during the course of his work — have worked closely with the producers to tell their stories amidst the ongoing investigation.
Capturing the fear, uncertainty, and immense heroism of a community in turmoil, The Salisbury Poisonings is the real human story of how Salisbury rose to the challenge of fighting a lethal contagion.
A project of Dancing Ledge Productions, The Salisbury Poisonings is executive produced by Laurence Bowen and Chris Carey for Dancing Ledge Productions, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn, the writers of the drama. It is directed by Saul Dibb (Journey’s End, The Duchess, Bullet Boy), who also executive produces, and produced by Karen Lewis (Years And Years, Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax).
Stay tuned for updates, including the drama’s premiere date on AMC.
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