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BBC marks industrial disaster with “Fire in the Night”

UK pubcaster BBC2 is to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha rig disaster with the STV Productions doc Fire in the Night, which will also have a theatrical release.
December 17, 2012

UK pubcaster BBC2 is to mark the 25th anniversary of the Piper Alpha rig disaster with the STV Productions doc Fire in the Night, which will also have a theatrical release.

Directed and produced by Anthony Wonke (The Tower: A Tale of Two Cities), the doc is based on the book of the same name by Stephen McGinty, and looks at the tragedy that occurred in July 1988 on the Piper Alpha rig, where 167 men were killed.

The doc will feature testimonies from survivors and rescuers who were in the midst of a fire that engulfed a rig that was, at one time, the world’s largest oil producer. Fire in the Night looks at how the disaster has shaped each of their lives.

The feature-length documentary will be released in cinemas across the UK in 2013, and will air on BBC2 in July, to mark the 25th anniversary.

“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,” said Ewan Angus, commissioning editor for BBC Scotland. “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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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