The Fires That Foretold Grenfell is an investigative documentary that airs on BBC Two tonight (Tuesday, October 30th).

The 60-minute one-off episode explores five fires that came before the Grenfell disaster. It highlights the warnings that existed and which may have prevented a Grenfell-type inferno from happening.

Featuring the haunting memories from survivors, firefighters, safety experts and politicians, the feature-documentary is a telling collection of interviews and archive footage.

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell – Photographer: Ray Tang

What is The Fires That Foretold Grenfell About?

The one-hour documentary focuses on the warnings that existed from five fires since 1973, highlighting that a Grenfell-type fire could have been predicted.

The programme focuses on three factors: the application of flammable material and cladding to buildings, the ‘Stay Put’ advice given by fire services, and the absence of sprinklers in the building.

How They Filmed The Fires That Foretold Grenfell

The Fires That Foretold Grenfell took a long time to piece together, taking more than 12 months to gather all of the footage and research.

It was filmed, produced and directed by Jamie Roberts, who is famous for 60-minute films such as The Jihadis Next Door, War Child and Manchester: The Night Of The Bomb.

Five-time Bafta Award-winner Dan Reed was an executive producer on the project for Amos Pictures.

Who Produced The Fires That Foretold Grenfell?

In collaboration with the filmmakers, The Fires That Foretold Grenfell is an Open University documentary.

The Open University is a leading U.K University that reguarly partners up with specialist departments in the BBC and other broadcasters.

They offer their academic excellence to ensure that facts and research is watertight.

Leading the Open Universiy team for this documentary was professor Steve Tombs, who is the co-director of the Harm and Evidence Research Collaborative.

 

WATCH THE FIRES THAT FORETOLD GRENFELL ON MONDAY NIGHT, ON BBC TWO, AT 10 PM.