The Salisbury Poisonings - A Cameraman's View.


A new three part drama starts on BBC One tonight all about the Salisbury Skripal poisoning in March 2018.


The chilling dramatisation has an all-star cast portraying the events surrounding the attempted assassination of Sergei Skripal, a former Russian agent, and his daughter Yulia.


I covered this event for BBC National and regional news, 'Inside Out' and ITV Evening national and regional news.


My coverage started for BBC South Today on March 30th close to the Sergei's house.

I was then moved to the 24 hour BBC News Channel.

Various live hits for the channel with Duncan Kennedy followed as well as Radio 5 Live.

We then upped sticks and moved to Salisbury District Hospital where I rigged lights and prepared for the BBC News at Six with reporter Daniel Sandford.

Following this I then reset and went live for BBC South Today again.

It was July 14th and I was in the middle of turning my kit around from a large corporate job, dinner was in the oven when the call came from ITV West Country.

Just over an hour later, and after a very swift Sweet and Sour, I was outside Charley Rowley's house in Amesbury.

Working alongside Charlotte Gay we interviewed former Chemical Weapons Inspector Jerry Smith feeding the images live to London via LiveU. We headlined the ITV News at Six.

Then we door knocked for some vox pops and fed those back via LiveU in real time.

We move to early September now and I was asked to film for BBC 'Inside Out' in the South with Jeremy Stern directing.


The day consisted of filming four interviews, one outside the Skripal home and three in Salisbury itself. We also recorded PTCs (Pieces to camera) with presenter Peter Cooke and I recorded a truck load of general view shots. The temperature was a whopping 28 celsius.

The show aired on September 3rd 2018 on BBC South and can be seen below.

I was very glad to be part of this historic event and it's a story I will remember into my old age.



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