Sky announces 7/7: Britain’s Day of Terror, a three-part series set to launch on Sky Documentaries and NOW in 2025. The series marks the 20th anniversary of the devastating 7/7 bombings in London, where 52 people lost their lives and over 700 were injured in an Al-Qaeda-led attack. Produced by Blast Films, a Sky Studios company, this comprehensive documentary aims to unravel the events surrounding one of the deadliest terrorist incidents on British soil.
The series promises an in-depth account of the 7/7 bombings, featuring unprecedented access to individuals closely connected to the story, many of whom have never spoken publicly before. Through their testimonies, the documentary will offer a captivating and alternative narrative of the tragic events.
Three parallel perspectives will be presented: that of the investigators desperately seeking answers, the ordinary civilians caught up in the attacks, and the unheard voices tied to the perpetrators. By exploring the bombers’ personal histories and motivations, the series will shed light on the factors that led to their radicalization, as well as the complex social, moral, and political backdrop that contributed to the tragedy. The goal is to provide a deeper historical understanding of why and how 7/7 unfolded.
Combining first-hand accounts with unseen archive footage, the series will follow the police and counter-terrorism investigation from the initial blast to the frantic search for intelligence on the bombers and the subsequent failed second attack two weeks later. This pursuit sparked the largest manhunt in British history. Amidst the mounting panic and racial tensions, the pressure on the police to apprehend the suicide bombers resulted in the tragic shooting of Jean Charles De Menezes, who was wrongly identified as a suspect. By weaving together the story of radicalization in Britain and the geopolitical context, the documentary will offer the most definitive account of the 7/7 bombings to date, shared by those intimately connected to the events.
Danny Horan, Chief Creative Officer of Blast Films, highlighted the series’ objective of presenting a comprehensive picture of how Britain became a significant target for Al-Qaeda, as well as delving into the terror of the day and the subsequent investigation. The Director of Documentaries and Factual at Sky UK, Poppy Dixon, commended Blast Films for their authoritative, balanced, and sensitive exploration of this significant moment in British history, comparing it to the lasting impact of the 9/11 attacks.
7/7: Britain’s Day of Terror has been commissioned for Sky Documentaries by Zai Bennett, Sky’s Managing Director of Content, Poppy Dixon, Director of Documentaries and Factual, and Tom Barry, Commissioning Editor. The series is produced by Blast Films and Sky Studios, with Danny Horan serving as Executive Producer and Karim Shah as Producer. NBCUniversal Global Distribution will handle international sales on behalf of Sky Studios.