Thriller based on UEA ‘Climategate’ scandal screens on BBC One next week

Jason Watkins starring as UEA Professor Philip Jones in The Trick.

Jason Watkins starring as UEA scientist Professor Philip Jones in The Trick. - Credit: BBC/Vox Pictures

A BBC thriller based on the Climategate scandal which saw computer hackers target the University of East Anglia is to be screened next week.

The Trick tells the story of how Professor Philip Jones, director of climate research at UEA, found himself at the eye of an international media storm.

Victoria Hamilton as Ruth Jones in The Trick.

Victoria Hamilton as Ruth Jones in The Trick. - Credit: BBC/Vox Pictures

Dubbed 'Climategate', thousands of emails and documents were stolen by hackers and were pounced on by climate change deniers.

It led to Norwich scientists receiving death threats and one of the most rigorous scrutiny processes in UK academic history, which later cleared them.

The one-off drama, which screens on October 18 on BBC One at 8.30pm, chronicles the unjustified persecution of Jones, played by Jason Watkins.

'Global warming is what happens when the global carbon budget is out of balance,' says Asher Minns,

Asher Minns, executive director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA. - Credit: Kieron Tovell

Asher Minns, executive director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research at UEA said: "Ten years on you look at what is happening with the climate around us, and broadly there is a global acceptance that there is a climate emergency. If anything good came out of this terrible, stressful thing, it showed that we were right."


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