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Nail Bomber: Manhunt release date – All the details about Netflix's true crime documentary

Netflix documentary focuses on the London nail bombings of April 1999.

Nail Bomber
Published: Thursday, 27th May 2021 at 5:01 pm

New Netflix true crime documentary Nail Bomber: Manhunt looks at the story behind the events of April 1999, when home made nail bombs were detonated in London over three successive weekends.


The bomber exploded his first device in Brixton Market on a busy Saturday afternoon, and followed it the next weekend with a bomb in the East End’s Brick Lane.

The final bomb exploded at the Admiral Duncan pub in Old Compton Street, Soho on the evening of Friday, 30th April, 1999. In total, three people were killed and 140 more were wounded in the attacks, some suffering life-changing injuries.

The Netflix documentary tells the story of how far-right extremist David Copeland committed the atrocities, how he was caught, and how the communities – Black, Bangladeshi and LGBTQ+ – he targeted overcame the tragedies they suffered.

Read on for more about the documentary and how to watch it.

Nail Bomber: Manhunt release date

Nail Bomber: Manhunt will be available to stream on Netflix from Wednesday 26th May.

What is Nail Bomber: Manhunt about?

Netflix documentary Nail Bomber: Manhunt tells the true story of the 1999 bombings that shocked London, the race to catch the man who committed the horrendous crimes, and the communities that came together in the aftermath of the bombings.

The first bombing took place on Saturday 17th April 1999. A blue sports bag containing the device was left outside an Iceland superstore in Brixton market where it exploded, injuring more than 40 people including a 23-month old baby boy.

On Saturday 24thApril, the second bag full of four-inch nails exploded in Brick Lane, East London, injuring 13 people. The third and final bomb proved to be the most devastating – it was planted at the Admiral Duncan pub on Old Compton Street in Soho, at the heart of London’s gay community, on Friday 30thApril. The bomb exploded at 6.37pm at the busy pub, killing three people and injuring 79 others, many of them seriously.

David Copeland, a far right supporter and member of the British National Party (BNP) was arrested the day after the Admiral Duncan bombing and in 2000 he was given six life sentences for the three murders, and for planting the bombs.

Is there a trailer for Nail Bomber: Manhunt?

There is a trailer for Nail Bomber: Manhunt which you can see below:


Nail Bomber: Man Hunt drops on Netflix on Wednesday 26th May. To find out what's on telly tonight, check out our TV Guide. Visit our Documentaries hub for all the latest news.


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