STV marks 25th anniversary of Lockerbie with new documentary

Tagged in: Press Releases

The Lockerbie Bombing will air on STV at 2130 on Tuesday 17th December

Twenty five years after a Pan Am flight exploded in the skies over Lockerbie, STV will broadcast a one hour documentary combining eyewitness testimony with unique archive footage to tell the story of what happened.

At 2130 on Tuesday 17th December The Lockerbie Bombing will air on STV to recognise the 25th anniversary of what is now known as the worst terrorist attack on US civilians before 9/11. All 259 passengers and crew on board the plane and 11 Lockerbie residents were killed when the non-stop transatlantic flight from London to New York exploded mid-air.

Footage from STV’s news archives, including some material that has never previously been broadcast, is combined with first hand testimonies from local residents who relive the events of 21st December 1988 on camera in their own words.

The documentary also hears from four families of American victims of the tragedy and members of the emergency services who responded to the disaster.

Elizabeth Partyka, deputy director of channels at STV, said: “This brand new documentary includes the firsthand accounts of some Lockerbie residents who have never spoken on camera before and through their stories, and that of many others involved, builds a definitive account of what happened twenty five years ago. The Lockerbie Bombing tells a story of a night in Scottish history that should be remembered and this is a timely tribute.”

Alan Clements, director of content for STV and executive producer of The Lockerbie Bombing, said: “I was working in the BBC newsroom in 1988 and was on site at Lockerbie within a few hours of the plane coming down. We worked through the night to put the breakfast news on air and the experience of being in that small town as the full extent of the tragedy unfolded is one that I will never forget. It is an honour that the people involved in this programme have allowed us to tell their story and I hope it is a story that will never be forgotten.”

The Lockerbie Bombing is produced by STV Productions for STV and Smithsonian. The documentary will also be broadcast on ITV on Tuesday 17th December at 2300.


For further information, please contact the STV press office:-

Eleanor Marshall
0141 300 3670 / 07803 970 143

Anna Hendry
0141 300 3830 / 07921 494 654