BBC replaces new Sean Bean drama Broken with Planet Earth II repeat following Manchester terror attack

The Jimmy McGovern series – also starring Anna Friel – will instead begin airing next Tuesday 30th May


New Jimmy McGovern drama Broken has been pulled from the TV schedules in the wake of last night’s Manchester terrorist attack.


The six-part series, which stars Sean Bean and Anna Friel, was due to air on BBC1 at 9pm tonight – Tuesday 23rd May – but will begin instead next Tuesday, replaced this week by a repeat of Planet Earth II.

“Following last night’s tragic events in Manchester, BBC1’s new drama series Broken will not start tonight as planned but has been rescheduled for next Tuesday 30 May,” said the Corporation in a statement.

While set in a “major northern city”, the content of Broken does not overlap specifically with the events in Manchester last night which saw a suicide bomber detonate a device at Manchester Arena following a concert by American pop star Ariana Grande. 22 people are known to have died with a further 59 injured.


A range of programmes have been removed from the schedules following the attack, including Andrew Neil’s BBC1 interview with UKIP leader Paul Nuttall which was postponed in light of the decision to suspend general election campaigning for 24 hours. In addition, tonight’s episode of Newsnight will be extended by ten minutes, airing until 11:25pm.