9/11 drama The Looming Tower to air on BBC Two

US series The Looming Tower, which explores whether rivalry between the FBI and CIA could have inadvertently set the path for 9/11, has been acquired by BBC Two.

By Iain Lynn
Monday, 1st April 2019, 5:56 pm
Updated Friday, 5th April 2019, 10:29 am
Peter Saarsgard as Martin Schmidt in The Looming Tower
Peter Saarsgard as Martin Schmidt in The Looming Tower

Based on Lawrence Wright's Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book about the rise of Osama bin Laden and al Qaida in the late 1990s, the programme originally aired on Hulu.

The 10-part series follows counter-terrorism divisions at the FBI and CIA in the lead-up to the attack on the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001.

American actor and Dumb And Dumber star Jeff Daniels plays John O'Neill, the chief of the FBI's I-49 unit.

He and his protege, Muslim-American agent Ali Soufan, played by Tahar Rahim, are hindered in their investigations by their unco-operative counterparts in the CIA, led by Peter Sarsgaard's Martin Schmidt.

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    The series also guest stars Alec Baldwin as CIA director George Tenet.

    Daniels was nominated in the lead actor in a limited series or movie category at the Emmys last year, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch for Patrick Melrose and John Legend for Jesus Christ Superstar.

    BBC programme acquisition head Sue Deeks said: "Brilliantly weaving archive footage with tense and compelling drama, The Looming Tower is a fascinating and illuminating deconstruction of the personalities and events that ultimately led to the horror of 9/11."

    The Looming Tower will air on BBC Two in spring.