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True Crime Series About Salisbury Poisonings Has Netflix Viewers Hooked

Jess Hardiman

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True Crime Series About Salisbury Poisonings Has Netflix Viewers Hooked

Featured Image Credit: BBC

A true crime series about the Salisbury poisonings recently added to Netflix has viewers hooked, with many saying you'll end up watching the entire thing in one sitting. Watch the trailer below:


The Salisbury Poisonings, which originally aired on the BBC last year, is a three-part series exploring the true story of what happened when a Russian double agent and his daughter were poisoned by Novichok in Salisbury, Wiltshire, back in March 2018. 

Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia spent several weeks in hospital in critical condition after they were exposed to the deadly nerve agent, while a number of other people were also implicated – including some a number of months later. 

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

A short synopsis from Netflix reads: “The Novichok poisoning of Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter sends ripples through Salisbury and the lives of its townsfolk.” 

After watching the series on Netflix, many people have said they were absolutely ‘hooked’ by the drama, which has been in the top two of Netflix’s most-watched for a while now. 

One tweeted: “Just watched The Salisbury Poisonings on Netflix. Massive emotional oof, that one.

"I knew the story and the reported facts of what happened but this puts such a human angle on it. I was in tears.” 

Another said: “Watched on Netflix today The Salisbury Poisonings. Gave me the chills.” 

A third wrote: “30 mins into EP1 of The Salisbury Poisonings on Netflix and I’m hooked. Absolutely compelling so far.” 

A fourth added: “The Salisbury Poisonings is great on Netflix. Well worth a go. Great pacing, you’ll end up watching it in one sitting.” 

The series stars the likes of Anne-Marie Duff, Rafe Spall and Annabel Scholey, and first premiered on BBC One in June 2020.  

As well as documenting what happened to the Skripals, the programme also focuses on those working behind the scenes of the emergency, including detectives and authorities working for the local Public Health department.  

Credit: BBC
Credit: BBC

Explaining why this was an area the show delved into co-writer Declan Lawn said: "We felt with Salisbury there was an untold human story that should be told as soon as we started researching it.

"We found these incredible stories that no one had ever heard before about the response to what happened there." 

Fellow writer Adam Patterson also added: "The agreement we came to with us and the BBC was that we would only tell the story if the people affected wanted to tell it, and I think ethically that puts us in the right place to tell it, but also we wanted to do something different, we didn't want to speculate on the spy angle, we wanted to look at it through a different lens, and essentially look at how an invisible threat can essentially just destroy a place." 

Topics: TV and Film, Netflix

Jess Hardiman
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