UK commercial broadcaster ITV is prepping a special, one-off documentary to mark the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Produced by Mentorn Media, Grenfell: The First 24 Hours (working title) will provide insight into the tragedy by using the exclusive testimony of those caught up in the blaze and will recount the brave acts by members of the public and the firefighters as the disaster unfolded. The doc will focus on the 24-hour disaster through survivors’ stories, via first-hand eye-witness accounts of those living in and around the building, as well as their personal footage captured on the night to piece together the timeline of the catastrophe.
The film starts with the outbreak of the fire at 1 a.m. on June 14, 2017, and continues to the point when blaze was fully extinguished by the London Fire Brigade 24 hours later. In all, 71 people died in the blaze while another 70-plus suffered a variety of injuries. More than 220 people managed to escape from the burning building.
John Holdsworth directs and produces the one-hour documentary. Tayte Simpson executive produces for Mentorn Media.
The film is commissioned for ITV by James Cohen, factual commissioner, Jo Clinton-Davis, controller of factual and Sue Murphy, head of factual entertainment.