Bafta-winning actress Emily Watson is to play a mother whose daughter is killed in the July 7 bomb attacks in a new BBC drama.
Based on a real story, A Song for Jenny sees Watson play the part of Julie Nicholson and is based on her book about her response to her daughter’s murder in the bombing at Edgware Road tube station.
The drama from TV and theatre writer Frank McGuiness follows Nicholson’s reactions, from the moment she hears about the attacks, to the news that her daughter is missing, to the confirmation that Jenny is among the dead.
It will air in July 2015 and will mark the tenth anniversary of the attacks.
Nicholson said: “Despite the poignancy of the subject, I am delighted that my memoir has inspired the re-telling of Jenny’s story for film. I believe it is in safe hands and I have long admired and respected the work of Frank McGuinness who is to write the screenplay.”
Watson, who won the 2011 Bafta best actress award for her role in ITV’s Fred West drama Appropriate Adult, said: “Although daunted by the task ahead, as a Londoner who was there on 7/7, I feel honoured to be part of the team asked to tell this compelling story. I hope we can do it justice.”
BBC1 controller Charlotte Moore said: “Ten years on, A Song For Jenny will be a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy of the 7/7 London bombings. But it will also be a very personal story, exploring universal themes of grief, loss and forgiveness through one mother’s struggle to reconcile her feelings with her faith.”
July 7 was the first time British suicide bombers had launched an attack on civilians in their own country, and was the greatest loss of life in a British terrorist attack since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.
Ben has worked as a professional journalist specialising in TV and the arts for nearly twenty years. After a two year stint on local newspapers in the mid 1990s, he spent more than 5 years as the broadcast reporter at the Stage newspaper. Following that he enjoyed staff reporting positions at the Sunday Mirror and the Sunday Times breaking stories and writing features before settling as a full time freelance writing for an array of newspapers and magazines - but mainly for the Guardian, Evening Standard, Broadcast, Independent and the New Statesman where he wrote a column.