Blakeway North doc follows female survivors of Manchester bombing

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by Simon Austin
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Blakeway North has produced a new BBC Three documentary about the Manchester Bombing that follows the stories of some of the female survivors of the atrocity.

Manchester Bomb: The Girls’ Story (working title) explores the psychological impact on the girls and young women who survived, as well as the effect on their family and friends. 

The suicide attack at last year’s Ariana Grande at Manchester Arena was the worst terror attack in the UK since 7/7 and claimed 22 lives.  Over the last six months, Blakeway North has followed a handful of 11 to 28-year-olds caught up in this tragedy as they attend medical appointments and counselling sessions and try to return to the life they had before the bombing.  

Director Lizzie Kempton said: “I feel so privileged to have been filming with these girls. No one can truly understand what they and their families have been through but I hope this documentary can give some insight and show the strength of these girls at such a difficult time in their lives.”

Damian Kavanagh, Controller of BBC Three, added: “Because this attack happened to young people, we felt it was vital that we found a way to tell the inspirational stories of those that were affected by this awful event as they rebuild their lives. It is an incredibly important film for BBC Three and we’re delighted that Lizzie, who is a talented first time film-maker, has made this film.”

The documentary will be on BBC Three around the first anniversary of the attack in May and is executive produced by Sarah Murch and Fran Baker, and commissioned by Clare Sillery (Head of Commissioning, Documentaries), and Danny Horan, (Commissioner for BBC Documentaries).