UK Telephone Hacking Scandal Topic of Drama Sequence ‘Thank You & Good-bye’

The tale at the back of the U.Okay.’s infamous telephone hacking scandal is coming to the small display.

Director Saul Dibb and author Luke Neal are creating a multi-part sequence entitled “Thank You & Good-bye,” which can element the autumn of the sector’s oldest Sunday newspaper, Rupert Murdoch’s Information of the Global.

Dibb is the BAFTA-nominated director of BBC drama “The Salisbury Poisonings,” whilst Neal wrote ITV drama “Des.” Upward thrust Motion pictures’ Teddy Leifer is govt generating the sequence.

The scandal, which used to be not too long ago featured in BBC documentary “The Upward thrust of the Murdoch Dynasty,” first broke when it used to be published {that a} personal investigator employed via the paper had hacked the voicemail of Milly Dowler, a murdered 13-year-old schoolgirl. The next investigation resulted within the arrest of over 100 other people, the imprisonment of Downing Side road’s director of communications, the resignation of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, an exceptional public inquiry into the moral practices of the British press and, in the end, the closure of the probably the most international’s oldest and most well liked newspapers.

The paper’s ultimate headline used to be “Thank You & Good-bye.”

The sequence will discover the occasions main as much as scandal, delving past the scoop tale. Dibb and Neal are making plans a have a look at the scandal from the standpoint of the newsroom the place it came about, with unique get admission to to the primary tabloid reporters and personal investigators who have been charged and convicted within the aftermath — and who gave proof in opposition to their earlier employers and co-workers.

“The tale of the telephone hacking scandal turns into extra related each day,” mentioned Upward thrust Motion pictures managing director Teddy Leifer.

“The scandal and next inquiry uncovered simply how interconnected sure newspapers have been with the higher echelons of the political elite. Despite the fact that the Information of the Global used to be close down, key gamers implicated within the scandal persisted to soak up positions of affect and form the media ecosystem that surrounds us these days.”

“That is merely probably the most necessary, gripping and richest tales of this century – and but we nonetheless don’t know even part of what in point of fact went on,” mentioned Dibb. “At the side of remarkable new ability Luke Evans and the bright Teddy Leifer and his crew, I’m so excited we’re ready to inform it keen on the primary time in dramatic shape, and from the standpoint of the folks on the center of it: the band of so-called ‘rogue journalists’ who then blew the whistle on those who had steered them and the business at huge.”

“I’m extremely joyful to collaborate with Saul and Upward thrust Motion pictures to create a chain about what I imagine to be probably the most necessary ethical crossroads of our era,” mentioned author Luke Neal. “I imagine via exploring – with out judgement or sensationalism – the human nature of the individuals who contributed to this gross abuse of energy, and seeking to know the way and why they did this, is the one true technique to prevent this going down it once more.”

Dibb is represented via Casarotto and WME, Neal is represented via United Brokers, Upward thrust Motion pictures is represented via UTA and ACK Media Regulation.