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Emily Watson to star in 7/7 drama A Song For Jenny for BBC

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Story by Jack Foley

EMILY Watson is to star in a new BBC drama about the London 7/7 terrorist bombings.

A Song For Jenny will see the British actress playing Julie Nicholson, whose daughter Jenny was killed at Edgware Road underground station.

The drama is based on Nicholson’s own account of the tragedy and will be written by playwright Frank McGuinness.

It is due to be broadcast in July 2015 to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, which marked the first time British suicide bombers attacked civilians in their own country and which inflicted the greatest loss of life in a UK terror attack since the Lockerbie bombing in 1988.

Jenny was one of 52 people killed when four attackers carried out the bombings on London’s transport system on July 7, 2005.

BAFTA winner Watson is no stranger to tackling real-life characters, having appeared in ITV’s controversial but critically acclaimed Fred West drama Appropriate Adult.

But she admitted to feeling nervous about taking on the role of Julie, saying: “Although daunted by the task ahead, as a Londoner who was there on 7/7, I feel honoured to be part of the team asked to tell this compelling story. I hope we can do it justice.”

The drama will follow Julie as she first learns about the bombings, discovers her daughter is missing and learns the news that Jenny is among the dead. In real life, Julie eventually gave up her job as a vicar because she was unable to forgive those who had taken her daughter’s life.

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore promised that A Song For Jenny will be “a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the tragedy of the 7/7 London bombings”.

“But it will also be a very personal story, exploring universal themes of grief, loss and forgiveness through one mother’s struggle to reconcile her feelings with her faith,” she added.

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