Aftermath of Lockerbie bombing re-created as filming for new drama continues

The series will follow grieving father Dr Jim Swire and his search for justice.

The aftermath of the Lockerbie bombing has been re-created in Bathgate as part of filming for a new series starring Colin Firth.

The wreckage of the Pan Am 103 flight has been re-created with debris from the plane pictured on various streets in the town.

The upcoming Sky series will see Colin Firth play grieving father Dr Jim Swire whose daughter was among 270 killed, following his search for justice.

On December 21, 1988, flight Pan Am 103 was en route from Heathrow to JFK when a bomb exploded in its hold over the small Scottish town of Lockerbie, killing 270 people, including 43 British citizens and 190 Americans.

Filming for the Sky series in underway.STV News

11 people died when wreckage hit their homes. 

Debris in the streets of BathgateSTV News

The official synopsis, as released by Sky, reads: “On December 21, 1988, 259 passengers and crew were killed when Pan Am Flight 103 exploded over Lockerbie 38 minutes after take-off, with a further 11 residents losing their life as the plane came down over the quiet, Scottish town.

“In the wake of the disaster and his daughter Flora’s death, Dr Jim Swire (Firth), is nominated spokesperson for the UK victims’ families, who have united to demand truth and justice.

“Travelling across continents and political divides, Jim embarks on a relentless journey that not only jeopardises his stability, family and life, but completely overturns his trust in the justice system. As the truth shifts under Jim’s feet, his view of the world is left forever sullied.

“Exploring events from the disaster and its aftermath, Lockerbie provides an intimate account of a man, a husband, and a father who risks everything in memory of his daughter and the unflinching pursuit of truth and justice.”

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