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Four Days That Shook Britain

  • Episode: 

    1 of 1

  • Transmission (TX): 

    Thu 15 Mar 2018
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  • Time: 

    9.00pm - 10.30pm
  • Week: 

    Week 11 2018 : Sat 10 Mar - Fri 16 Mar
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Four Days That Shook Britain
“My initial thought was that I was on fire, I don’t remember hearing any flash or bang… Suddenly everything was yellow, and I was on the floor and couldn’t see properly... I felt like I wanted to go to sleep, which worried me. I said to [my friend] Amelia, ‘Am I going to die?’” - Lucy Jarvis, injured in the Manchester bombing
One year on from the first of four terror attacks which hit Britain in 2017, this brand new landmark 90-minute film special tells the personal stories of people who were caught up in the atrocities in Westminster, at Manchester Arena, around London Bridge and outside Finsbury Park Mosque.
Those involved - some speaking for the first time - relive the moments of fear and panic that unfolded after the attacks, building a vivid picture of these catastrophic and life-changing events. They also explain how they have continued to try to cope with the consequences ever since.
Featuring contributions from the likes of Grant Shapps MP, visitors to Parliament on the day of the Westminster Bridge attack, Ariana Grande fans injured in the Manchester bombing, those caught up in the London Bridge attack and members from the Muslim community in Finsbury Park, this programme aims to provide a compelling insight into the personal consequences of the attacks, as well as the public and political mood in the aftermath.
John McAvoy, an endurance athlete, was present in the Westminster courtyard on March 22 when terrorist Khalid Masood attacked the Houses of Parliament, stabbing Pc Keith Palmer to death. John describes the moment he realised an attack was taking place.
He says: “I kind of froze, because it’s hard to comprehend what you are seeing, because you are coming from Parliament, probably the most protected building in the country. It was so much to take in, what you were seeing, because it didn’t seem real.”
Paramedic Lea Vaughan arrived on the scene after bomber Salman Abedi detonated his device at the Manchester Arena on May 22, killing 22 people who had gone to pop star Ariana Grande’s concert.
Lea says: “If we stayed too long with one [injured person], the next one might die. That was in the back of my mind. We have to save as many people as we can.”
Doorman Ozzie Gandaa describes the sense of panic in Borough Market after the attack on London Bridge on June 3.
He says: "There were people running everywhere. That is just the market how it is and I never want to see it like that. Like you could just see panic and fear in people's eyes."
Imam Mohammed Mahmoud had recently finished prayers at the mosque in Finsbury Park when Darren Osborne ploughed a van into Muslims heading home on June 19, killing one person. He talks about the chaos that ensued afterwards.
Mohammed says: “If you saw somebody mow into a group of people with a van, running them over... A 70-something year old woman, a 23-year-old young man, a grandfather, a grandmother, a father of three, people who had come back from prayers. They are innocent men and women who did nothing to deserve this attack, just like the London Bridge victims.”