BBC2 commissions STV Productions to make feature documentary for 25th anniversary of Piper Alpha

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To mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha disaster, BBC2 has commissioned STV Productions to make landmark feature documentary, Fire in the Night.
Directed and produced by BAFTA award winning, Anthony Wonke (The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities, Crack House, The Battle for Marjah), the feature length documentary will be released in cinemas UK wide in 2013, and will be screened on BBC2 in July 2013 to mark the 25th anniversary of the disaster.
The documentary will reveal the tragic events that occurred on the Piper Alpha rig on 6th July 1988.  It was a catastrophe that killed 167 men and left only 61 survivors, each of whom had to fight for their lives to escape the huge, labyrinthine structure and the flames that were consuming it.
Over the course of 90 minutes, the documentary will detail astonishing testimonies from men who found themselves in the midst of an inferno that destroyed a rig which was, at one time, the world’s single largest oil producer. Speaking to survivors and rescuers, many of whom have never spoken on camera before, this film examines how the disaster would shape the lives of the survivors, and discovers 25 years on how they have attempted to deal with the physical and psychological damage inflicted on them on that terrible night.
Fire in the Night is based on the book by Stephen McGinty.
Alan Clements, director of content for STV, said: “STV Productions is very proud to have been commissioned to make this feature documentary. To have the opportunity to document Britain’s worst industrial disaster is a challenge we look forward to taking on, and diversifies STV Productions’ remit even further.”
Ewan Angus, commissioning editor for BBC Scotland, said: “Piper Alpha was a disaster which made a huge impact both on those personally involved in it at the time but also on those who watched those tragic events unfold on our TV screens all those years ago. Looking back at it again through the eyes of those most closely involved in it will, I’m sure, shed further light on one of Scotland’s darkest industrial days.”
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