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BBC drama on IRA bomb attack in Manchester to begin filming

Philip Glenister
Philip Glenister

A NEW BBC One mini-series about the aftermath of the 1996 IRA bomb attack in Manchester begins filming in the city this month.

From There To Here is set over June 1996 on the day an IRA bomb went off in Manchester’s City Centre – the same summer England was united in optimism for Euro 96.

It tells the story of two families whose lives are brought together in the aftermath of the bomb.
The story spans four years, taking in New Labour sweeping to power in 1997 and the hangover after the Millennium celebrations of 2000.

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Life On Mars actor Philip Glenister stars in the lead role as sweet factory owner Daniel Cotton who, along with his family, narrowly escapes death in the blast.

Series creator Peter Bowker said: “I wanted to write a love letter to Manchester – warts ‘n all – and to do it through a family saga that captured something of the city’s pace, life and humour.”

Other cast include Bernard Hill (Five Days, Lord Of The Rings), Steven Mackintosh (What Remains, Inside Men), Saskia Reeves (Wallander, Luther), Liz White (Life On Mars, The Woman In Black), Daniel Rigby (Big School, Eric And Ernie) and Morven Christie (Hunted, 2012).

Speaking about the role, Philip Glenister said: “I’m really excited to be involved in such a terrific new drama written by Peter Bowker. Also to be working alongside such an outstanding cast and crew. And of course to be back filming in my adopted home town of Manc!”

This 3×60-minute mini-series will begin filming in the Manchester area this month and is executive produced by Stephen Wright, head of drama BBC Northern Ireland.


Steve Cummins

Steve is the Irish Post's digital media & entertainment editor and looks after the paper's website and weekly entertainment supplement, Rí-Rá. Follow him @steve_cummins

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