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BBC Studios to produce doc on deadly Grenfell fire for Channel 4

BBC Studios Documentary Unit has revealed details of its first feature-length commission for Channel 4, Grenfell: The Untold Story, about the UK’s worst residential fire since World War II. The fire ...
August 31, 2021

BBC Studios Documentary Unit has revealed details of its first feature-length commission for Channel 4, Grenfell: The Untold Story, about the UK’s worst residential fire since World War II.

The fire that broke out in West London’s 24-storey Grenfell Tower in June 2017 left 72 people dead and more than 70 others injured. The fire burned for about 60 hours before finally being extinguished.

The 90-minute film will use never-before-seen footage shot inside Grenfell Tower during the £10 million refurbishment process in the years before the deadly fire, when highly combustible cladding was applied to the building’s outer surface.

The footage was captured by Grenfell “Artist in Residence” Constantine Gras, who was documenting the struggles of the “Grenfell Residents Group,” a collection of tower residents who had expressed concerns about the work being done before the fire. The film includes interviews with Gras along with seven members of the Grenfell Residents Group, documenting meetings held with local officials, the landlord and tenant management organisation (TMO) and the group’s push to have its concerns heard.

Grenfell: The Untold Story will be broadcast on Channel 4 on September 8. The film was commissioned by Shaminder Nahal for Channel 4 and is produced by BBC Studios’ Documentary Unit. It was directed by James Newton, produced by Daisy Ayliffe, and executive produced by Kirsty Cunningham and Jessie Versluys.

Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images

 

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