The Attack: Terror In The UK

Confirmed for BBC Two on 2 March at 9pm to 10pm

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Thursday 2 March



Counter Terrorism Police believe that the current greatest threat to our security comes from Marauding Terrorist Firearms Attack (MTFA), which can result in dozens of fatalities even if armed police respond within minutes. There are more than a thousand high-priority terrorism suspects in the UK, but there are only enough surveillance officers to monitor a fraction of these at any time.

The Attack: Terror In The UK is a drama-documentary based on real-life stories from inside the UK’s counter terrorism unit. It tells the story of an ISIS-inspired terrorist group planning a firearms attack, and follows the on-going police investigation. It focuses on Joseph, a young man who, while in prison for drug charges, is recruited by Ahmed, an Islamic extremist who converts him to the Muslim faith and along with other inmates radicalises him.

Through drama and expert interview, the programme reveals how UK agencies are working to keep us safe from a terrorist attack, but also the scale of that challenge. The programme also includes a real-life counter-terrorism expert, including Richard Walton, former Head of Counter Terrorism 

The Attack: Terror In The UK is produced by BBC Two’s multi award-winning This World strand.