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The BBC has announced the commission of a new documentary about the disappearance of Lancashire mother-of-two, Nicola Bulley, featuring exclusive interviews with Nicola’s family and those closest to the case.

Whilst walking her usual morning route along the River Wyre in the Lancashire village of St. Michael’s on Wyre, in January 2023, Nicola Bulley went missing without a trace.

What followed that day consumed the attention of the nation and culminated in an unprecedented international media storm, the results of which has raised important questions about the handling of the case by police and the media.

With exclusive access to Nicola’s family and contributions from those who were closely involved in the case, including journalists and Lancashire Police, the film will chart the tragic events as they unfolded. Exploring the media coverage that ensued and the amateur internet sleuths that conducted their own investigations, the film examines their effects on the official police investigation and Nicola’s family.

Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries, says: “The disappearance of Nicola Bulley dominated the headlines in early 2023 and sparked weeks of false speculation on social media. This new film asks important and timely questions about why this story resonated with the public to such an extent and what impact that had on those closest to the case, hearing directly from those in the eye of the storm. My thanks to Rogan Productions and to all the contributors – most importantly the family – for sharing their story with us.”

Soleta Rogan, Managing Director, Rogan Productions says: “Nicola Bulley’s disappearance was a tragedy that has remained in the minds of many. What ensued demonstrated the power of the mainstream and social media and how they impacted the case and everyone involved. We’d like to thank the family for trusting us with their story and allowing viewers to see who Nicola was behind the headlines.”

The family of Nicola Bulley said: “Collectively we thought long and hard about taking part in a documentary about Nikki. It wasn’t an easy decision. Many people have aired their views about her disappearance and her untimely and tragic death, only we can speak about her as a mummy, partner, daughter, and sister. We hope that our contribution will give people some understanding of what it is really like to be in the eye of a media storm.”

The Disappearance of Nicola Bulley: the Inside Story (w/t) is produced by BAFTA award-winning filmmakers, Rogan Productions, and will air later this year on BBC One and iPlayer.


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