RETURN TO LOCKERBIE: LORRAINE KELLY TO FRONT ITV DOCUMENTARY
In this intimate and emotional documentary, Lorraine Kelly revisits the small Scottish hillside town of Lockerbie, a place which was changed forever when it became the scene of the deadliest terror attack in UK history.
Directed by BAFTA-winning Leo Burley (The Real Mo Farah, Patrick Kielty: My Dad, the Peace Deal and Me), this film depicts how in December 35 years ago, before Lorraine was a household name, she was one of the first TV reporters to arrive after Pan Am Flight 103 exploded mid-air, killing all 259 people aboard and 11 on the ground.
Lorraine saw first-hand the horrific aftermath and goes on a highly personal journey to understand what happened to the town once the TV cameras went home and to explore what the tragedy meant to her. To this day she still has flashbacks, saying: “We were there before the police had put barriers up.
We saw the nose of the plane in a field, then the bodies”. Lorraine has never returned to the town since the crash. She meets the residents of Lockerbie – who didn’t put up Christmas lights in the town centre for 10 years after the event - and hears how, in their own small way, people there attempted to make sense of the senseless and found hope in human connection as a way to deal with their grief.
Lorraine seeks to understand what this horrific event can teach us about the road back to peace from trauma and asks whether the event had a more profound impact on her own life than she had ever imagined.
Broadcast details will be announced in due course.