'The Salisbury Poisonings': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about AMC series on infamous Novichok attack

'The Salisbury Poisonings': Release date, plot, cast, trailer and all you need to know about AMC series on infamous Novichok attack

It was shortly after 'The Salisbury Poisonings' aired on BBC that AMC bought the rights of the drama based on a real-life incident. Written by former BBC journalists Declan Lawn and Adam Patterson, the series is actually told from the perspective of local heroes who were victims of the poisonings.

Based on real-life shocking incidents, the series went on to become a hit on BBC television gripping 7.2 million viewers. Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming series. 

Release date

The four-part drama premieres on AMC+ on Thursday, October 1, 2020. 


'The Salisbury Poisonings' tells the remarkable story of how ordinary people and public services reacted to a crisis at their doorstep. At a time like this, they showed "extraordinary heroism as their city became the focus of an unprecedented national emergency".

According to the official synopsis of the series, "In March 2018, the eyes of the world turned to the British city of Salisbury when it became the epicenter of what has been described as one of the biggest political events of the 21st century - but until now, the heroic acts behind the headlines have not been told. Within three days of the assassination attempt on double agent and spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, key agencies discovered that a lethal nerve agent called Novichok was used, just half a teaspoon of which could kill 20,000 people. Within four days, hundreds of traces were found across the city, and, just when things were finally thought to be under control, a perfume bottle containing the nerve agent was discovered, throwing the investigation into renewed chaos."



Anne-Marie Duff as Tracy Daszkiewicz 

Anne-Marie Duff attends the 65th Evening Standard Theatre Awards at London Coliseum on November 24, 2019 in London, England. (Getty Images) 

Duff is known for her work on 'Shameless', 'His Dark Materials', 'Notes on a Scandal', 'The Last Station' and 'Nowhere Boy', a role for which she earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. 


Rafe Spall as DS Nick Bailey 

Rafe Spall attends "The Ritual" premiere during the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival at Ryerson Theatre on September 8, 2017 in Toronto, Canada. (Getty Images) 

Spall is known for his work on 'Prometheus', 'Life of Pi', 'The Big Short,' Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom'. His appearance in the Men in Black spin-off film 'Men in Black: International' is also well known. 


MyAnna Buring as Dawn Sturgess 

MyAnna Buring attends "The Witcher" World Premiere at Vue Cinema West End on December 16, 2019 in London, England. (Getty Images) 

Buring is known for her work in 'The Descent', 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn' (Part 1 and Part 2), 'Ripper Street', 'The Witcher' and 'The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Blood and Wine'. 


Annabel Scholey as Sarah Bailey 

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: Annabel Scholey attends the Vanity Fair EE Rising Star BAFTAs Pre Party at The Standard on January 22, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Scholey is best known for playing the role of Lauren Drake in the BBC supernatural drama 'Being Human', and also for 'The Split' and 'Britannia'. She had made appearances in episodes of 'George Gently', 'EastEnders', 'Holby City', and 'Poirot'. 


Johnny Harris as Charlie Rowley

Johnny Harris attends the August: Osage County drinks & screening at Soho Hotel on December 21, 2013 in London, England. (Getty Images) 

Harris is best known for his work on 'Jawbone', 'This is England '86', 'Medici', 'Troy: Fall of a City', 'Snow White and the Huntsman', 'Fortitude', 'Monsters: Dark Continent', 'The Fades', 'Welcome to the Punch', and 'London to Brighton'. 



'The Salisbury Poisonings' is executive produced by Laurence Bowen and Chris Carey for Dancing Ledge Productions, Lucy Richer for the BBC, and by the writers of the drama, Adam Patterson and Declan Lawn and series director Saul Dibb. Karen Lewis serves as the producer. Writers Patterson and Lawn had reportedly spent a year in Salisbury exhaustively researching their script through extensive interviews with those involved in the incident.



There's no official trailer out by AMC, but you can watch the official BBC trailer here:



The Skripals are only seen briefly at the beginning of the first episode and the Russian suspects are not shown at all. Instead, it focuses on the response of the local community and health officials.

Where to watch

'The Salisbury Poisonings' premieres in full on AMC+ on Thursday, October 1, 2020 and will debut on AMC linear early next year.

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