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Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing

  • Episode:

    2 of 2

  • Transmission (TX):

    Thu 14 Apr 2022

  • TX Confirmed


  • Time

    9.00pm - 10.00pm

  • Week:

    Week 15 2022 : Sat 09 Apr - Fri 15 Apr

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  • Published:

    Wed 30 Mar 2022

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Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing

Series overview

Featuring emotional contributions from the families of those who lost their lives, Worlds Collide: The Manchester Bombing marks the fifth anniversary of an attack that shocked the nation to its core. The two-part special uses new revelations to piece together the chilling timeline of that day and explores how, five years on, the truth of what happened that night is finally emerging.

On 22nd May 2017, a British-born terrorist detonated a home-made bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena, killing twenty-two people and wounding hundreds more. In-line with the on-going public inquiry, two special films airing across two nights on ITV and made by Label1, the makers of twice BAFTA nominated and RTS Award winning series Hospital, reveal how multiple opportunities to stop the bomber in his tracks were tragically missed.

The films present two polarising worlds that tragically collided, one of innocent young fans attending a concert by American pop superstar Ariana Grande and the other of a radical Islamic extremist who had grown up just miles from his eventual victims.

Providing wider context to the attack, the programmes delve into the role of MI5 and the emergency services, hearing directly from those there on the night and examining why decisions taken left victims helpless inside.

Revealing CCTV footage of the suicide bomber follows his steps in the days, hours and minutes leading to the attacks, as family and friends of the victims recall their stories and how one night changed their lives forever.

Episode 2

Programme two re-lives the final minutes and seconds in the run up to the detonation and its aftermath, unravelling the emergency services’ response through the eyes of the victims and those first on the scene.

We intertwine the emotional testimonies of victims of the attack and the families and friends who lost their loved ones, with a forensic analysis of the response to the night and examining why first responders were unable to enter the building and help victims in the immediate aftermath of the attack.

Paul Price stood just feet away from his partner Elaine, who tragically died in the explosion. Paul says: “The next thing I know is that I’m coming round in intensive care after being in a coma for nearly two weeks…I don’t remember being told that Elaine had been killed, I don’t remember being told that Gabrielle (Paul’s daughter) was fine.”

Ahead of the five-year anniversary, we hear how the survivors are rebuilding their lives and are looking to the future. Hannah, who attended the concert, says: “My goal was to be able to go to a concert again, which I was able to do and see Ariana’s next tour. I never thought I’d be able to do that again.”

Spanning multiple continents this two-part documentary special asks: how could an attack such as this have happened? And what can we do to stop it happening again?