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flight disaster Jim Sheridan set to create brand new series about 1988 Lockerbie bombing

The show follow's Dr Jim Swire's fight for justice after his daughter died in the attack

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The five-part series, titled Lockerbie, will be written by Academy Award nominees Jim Sheridan and his daughter Kirsten Sheridan (Brian Lawless/PA

The five-part series, titled Lockerbie, will be written by Academy Award nominees Jim Sheridan and his daughter Kirsten Sheridan (Brian Lawless/PA

The five-part series, titled Lockerbie, will be written by Academy Award nominees Jim Sheridan and his daughter Kirsten Sheridan (Brian Lawless/PA

Jim Sheridan is set to create a brand new drama about the 1988 Lockerbie bombing.

Deadline has revealed that the Irish director and his daughter Kirsten Sheridan are set to write and direct the show commissioned by Sky and Peacock.

“The Pan Am Flight 103 disaster was one of the world’s deadliest terror attacks that continues to have widespread implications for the meaning of justice in the U.S., Scotland and Libya,” said Jim and Kirsten Sheridan.

“Over 30 years on, this series takes an intimate and very personal look at the aftermath.”

Set for release next year, the show will be based on the search for justice by Dr Jim Swire and his wife Jane whose 23-year-old daughter Flora died in the Scottish air disaster.

On December 20th 1988, all 259 passengers and crew died when a bomb planted on board Pan Am Flight 103, from Frankfurt, Germany to Detriot, exploded.

A further 11 residents in the town of Lockerbie also died when the plane crashed, bringing the total number of fatalities to 270.

Dr. Swire campaigned for the truth behind the attack as he fought for justice as he was a spokesperson for UK Families Flight 103, a group of families who lost relatives in the bombing.

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Dr Jim Swire (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Dr Jim Swire (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Dr Jim Swire (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

In 1990, in a bid to demonstrate a lax in airport security, Swire carried a fake bomb onto an British Airways flight from London Heathrow to JFK in New York and then on a plane from New York to Boston.

He lobbied for a solution to the difficulties in bringing the suspects to trial.

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During his fight for justice, Dr Swire went on to meet Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi, who in 2003 accepted responsibility for the bombing and paid compensation to the familys of the victims.

He later advocated for the retrial and release of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, who was originally convicted for the crime.

The series is based on ‘The Lockerbie Bombing: A Father’s Search for Justice’ written by Jim Swire and Peter Biddulph.

The duo are writing all episodes of Lockerbie, while Naomi Sheridan will guest-write one.

The series was commissioned by Gabriel Silver, Director of Commissioning for Drama at Sky Studios and Zai Bennett, Managing Director of Content at Sky UK.

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