BBC dramatises Climategate scandal

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Watkins and Hamilton  Production began on Monday, 7th June, on The Trick, a feature-length drama exploring the potentially devastating consequences of climate change denial. The film comes from Keeping Faith producers Vox Pictures for delivery to BBC One. 

Owen Sheers has written the drama, which stars Jason Watkins as world-renowned Professor Philip Jones, Director of Climate Research at the University of East Anglia, who back in 2009 found himself at the eye of an international media storm and the victim of cyberterrorism – which became known as the Climategate Scandal. 

With time running out against an unseen enemy, The Trick looks at how a media storm undermined public confidence in the science and how the concept of ‘truth’ took a back seat causing the loss of a decade of action. The film also charts the unjustified persecution of Phil Jones, his wife Ruth’s fierce support of her husband and the fight for the ultimate exoneration of himself and the science.

Victoria Hamilton co-stars as Phil’s wife, Ruth., with a supporting cast including George MacKay, Jerome Flynn, Adrian Edmondson, Aneirin Hughes, Pooky Quesnel, Richard Elfyn, Rhashan Stone, Justin Salinger, Tara Divina and David Calder. 

Watkins said of the project: “It is rare that a drama marries the personal and the public in such a compelling way - the urgent need to tackle the effects of the earth’s warming is not going away and the research into this project has been sobering. 

“It is a privilege to play the brilliant scientist, Phil Jones, whose own private world was so threatened from outside and whose research and efforts have been so vital globally in combating the effects of climate change. I’m delighted to be performing alongside Victoria, the whole exceptional cast and with Pip Broughton, whose singular and beautiful work I so admire.”

Adrian Bate produces; Pip Broughton directs. Filming is taking place in London, Cardiff and Norfolk. 


Image via BBC. 

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