The BBC, along with Apple TV+, has commissioned 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room, a new feature-length documentary directed by Adam Wishart that documents a detailed minute-by-minute account of the Presidency in the hours immediately following the attack.

The documentary will make its global debut on BBC One followed by Apple TV+ this September, marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11. It’s being made by Wish/Art Films.

With “unprecedented” access negotiated over three years, this 90-minute documentary recounts the immediate aftermath of the attack, offering rare insight into the dilemmas of decision-making against the clock, with those involved providing intimate, revealing, and personal details, some for the very first time.

The documentary also features nearly 200 never previously published photographs, as photographers followed every move of Bush and Cheney that day, as well as filmed archive. It  contains new interviews with President George W. Bush; Vice President Dick Cheney; Condoleezza Rice (National Security Advisor) and Colin Powell (Secretary of State).

Further exclusive interviews include: Norman Mineta (Secretary of Transportation); Ted Olson (United States Solicitor General); Andy Card (White House Chief of Staff); Captain Deborah Loewer (Director of White House Situation Room); Josh Bolten (White House Deputy Chief of Staff); Ari Fleischer (Press Secretary); Karl Rove (Senior Advisor to the President); Mary Matalin (Counselor to Cheney); Karen Hughes (Counselor to the President), Dan Bartlett (White House Deputy Communications Director); Mike Morrell (President’s CIA daily briefer); Colonel Mark Tillman (Air Force One pilot); David Wilkinson and Tony Zotto (United States Secret Service).

9/11: Inside the President’s War Room (90 minutes) was commissioned by Patrick Holland, Director, Factual, Arts & Classical Music and Clare Sillery, Head of Commissioning, Documentaries. Commissioned with Apple, it is being made by Wish/Art Films where the Director is Grierson and RTS award-winner Adam Wishart, the Executive Producer is BAFTA award-winner Neil Grant,  Head of Production is Serena Kennedy and lead editor is Danny Collins. The BBC Commissioning Editor is Simon Young.


Jon Creamer

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