The Salisbury Poisonings: Series 1 (2020)


Series 1
The Salisbury Poisonings

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The Salisbury Poisonings timely themes and tightly wound tension doesn't make for easy viewing, but there's no denying the power behind its message.

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Episodes

The Skripals and DS Bailey fight to survive, and Tracy and the emergency services try to locate the source of the nerve agent to prevent further casualties.

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CID officer Nick Bailey's condition worsens as Tracy struggles to protect local residents against the numerous deposits of Novichok being found across the city.

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Several months later, the city is starting to forget and heal -- until a scavenged perfume bottle leads to tragic consequences for Dawn and Charlie.

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Air date: Aug 27, 2020

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Critic Reviews for The Salisbury Poisonings Series 1

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

A gripping and exemplary drama.

Jun 24, 2020 | Full Review…

The Salisbury Poisonings gets bogged down occasionally in the minutiae of public health operations, but it serves in particular as a dignified tribute to Dawn Sturgess.

Aug 19, 2020 | Full Review…

The writing here was nicely understated, the human stories well crafted and the unfolding crisis detailed without sensationalism.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The oppressive scale, unwieldiness and essential unknowability of the developing problem is - we can say now with unwanted certainty - perfectly evoked.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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The Salisbury Poisonings is perfectly well written and acted and informative but you never quite escape the sense that you're watching a particularly thorough Crimewatch reconstruction.

Jun 23, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The Salisbury Poisonings was a nicely adequate retelling of that tale.

Jun 29, 2020 | Full Review…

The obvious parallels did lend a haunting, drone-note resonance to proceedings. On the other hand, they sometimes threatened to overshadow what was a fine, even rather noble drama in its own right.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

Instead, it stays so wedded to the facts - flip-flopping between disparate accounts, no viewpoint because it's every viewpoint - it's almost about nothing.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The Salisbury Poisonings has a timely message to spread about human resilience in the face of the unknown and unimaginable.

Jun 26, 2020 | Full Review…

The Salisbury Poisonings is a deeply affecting piece of television - and as it turns out, the obvious story was not the most interesting story after all.

Jun 26, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It was all extremely far-fetched and ridiculous and couldn't happen. Except, of course, that it did. Every bit of it. And this dramatised account of events was properly terrific.

Jun 24, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

This was a sinister and depressing story, but not an ideal candidate for dramatisation. The missing pieces of the jigsaw meant that it was impossible to derive any meaningful message from it.

Jun 24, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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