Wednesday 6 January
Three Days of Terror: The Charlie Hebdo Attacks
BBC Two, 9.00pm
In November 2015 France declared war on the so-called Islamic State group, after Paris was once more subjected to an attack by extremists.
This was the culmination of France’s year of terror, which had begun in January with an attack on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo by two gunmen who forced their way into their offices in Paris. Armed with assault rifles, they killed 11 people and injured 11 others in the building. After leaving, they killed a French National Police officer outside the building.
One year on, five-time Bafta-winning director Dan Reed (Terror at the Mall, BBC Two) explores the story of the massacre and of the so-called IS strike on a kosher grocery. With unprecedented access to the French authorities and previously unseen footage, he examines the time line of these attacks and the lengths the French authorities had to go to in order to halt the atrocities. Key witnesses, police officers and survivors – many speaking for the first time – piece together these horrifying attacks and the subsequent three day man-hunt.