TV Review: The Salisbury Poisonings (ITV) – Miniseries

A three-part series created by Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson and originally aired in June 2020, The Salisbury Poisonings tells the true story of the 2018 Novichok poisoning crisis in Salisbury, England, and the subsequent death of Dawn Sturgess (MyAnna Buring), highlighting the efforts of DS Nick Bailey (Rafe Spall) and Deputy Director of Population Health and Wellbeing at Public Health England, Tracy Daszkiewicz (Anne-Marie Duff).


A British story deserves a great British cast, and that’s exactly what we get with The Salisbury Poisonings. With great performances from Anne-Marie Duff, MyAnna Buring, and Rafe Spall, there are also a lot of talented actors in the smaller roles, including Mark Addy and Johnny Harris.

With excellent writing, the series shows a side to the true story that most of us didn’t know much about. We might have seen the odd news story, but there was definitely a lot more going on than what was reported. It’s hard to believe that all of this happened, but it’s great to see the amazing work that was done by all involved.

It doesn’t exactly instil any fear for what would have been a very fearful time for the people of Salisbury, but it does show the personal effect on those involved, having a genuine human touch to the stories that massively effected the lives of many families.

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