BBC announces documentary on survivors of Manchester Arena attack

"It is an incredibly important film for BBC Three"

BBC Three has announced new documentary Manchester Bomb: The Girls’ Story, which traces the stories of the women who survived the terror attack at Manchester Arena in May 2017.

22 people were killed when suicide bomber Salman Abedi detonated a device in the lobby of Manchester Arena as they left a concert by Ariana Grande.

Now, a new BBC documentary will follow the psychological impact of the bombing on the lives of the young women who survived the attack, along with the subsequent effect on their family and friends.

Filming over the last six months, the documentary traces several 11 to 28-year-olds as they attend medical appointments and counselling in a attempt to deal with the devastating event.

 “I feel so privileged to have been filming with these girls. No-one can truly understand what they and their families have been through but I hope this documentary can give some insight and show the strength of these girls at such a difficult time in their lives”, director Lizzie Kempton said of the show.

Damian Kavanagh, BBC Three’s controller added: “Because this attack happened to young people, we felt it was vital that we found a way to tell the inspirational stories of those that were affected by this awful event as they rebuild their lives.

“It is an incredibly important film for BBC Three and we’re delighted that Lizzie, who is a talented first time film-maker, has made this film.”