Emily Watson to star in 7/7 bombings drama as mother whose daughter was killed in terrorist attacks

BBC1's A Song for Jenny tells the real-life story of Julie Nicholson whose daughter was murdered in the 7th July 2005 terror attacks in London and will air next July to mark the tenth anniversary

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.