The Looming Tower BBC air date, cast, trailer, plot: When does it start?


The Looming Tower is the new 10-part drama series coming to BBC Two this April. The series has already premiered in the US on Hulu and has achieved high critical acclaim with actors Jeff Daniels and Michael Stuhlbarg receiving Emmy nominations for their performances. The Looming Tower is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book of the same name by Lawrence Wright.

When does The Looming Tower start on BBC?

The Looming Tower will air on Friday, April 26 at 9:30pm on BBC Two.

There are 10 episodes in the miniseries, which will air every Friday night on the channel.

Each episode is 50 minutes long in length, finishing at 10:20pm.

You can watch The Looming Tower as it airs on TV or you can stream it live via the BBC iPlayer.

Episodes of The Looming Tower will be available to stream and download on iPlayer after the instalment has finished airing on TV.

If you can’t wait, the entire series is available to watch via Amazon Prime Video now.

To watch The Looming Tower on Amazon Prime, you can sign up to a 30-day free trial of the streaming service.

After the trial is complete, you can subscribe to Amazon Prime Video from £7.99 per month.


Who is in the cast of The Looming Tower on BBC?

Emmy-winning actor Jeff Daniels plays FBI agent John O’Neill, the chief of New York FBI’s counterterrorism unit (also known as I-49).

O’Neill is convinced that America will be targeted by the growing terrorist group but his concerns are not taken seriously by his colleagues and the CIA.

The Prophet and Mary Magdalene star Tahar Rahim plays Ali Soufan, a Muslim Lebanese-American FBI agent who works closely with O’Neill.

The CIA director, George Tenet, is played by 30 Rock actor Alec Baldwin.

Peter Sarsgaard stars as CIA boss Martin Schmitt and Boardwalk Empire’s Wrenn Schmidt plays CIA analyst Diane Marsh.

Together, they believe the CIA is the only organisation that can deal with terrorist threats.

Other cast members in the drama include Bill Camp and Virginia Kull.

What is The Looming Tower on BBC about?

The Looming Tower is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning non-fiction book by Lawrence Wright titled The Looming Tower: Al-Qaeda and the Road to 9/11.

The series will adapt much of the book, which looks into the history of the militant organisation Al-Qaeda, the investigation into terrorist attacks between the FBI and CIA and the events leading up to September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Centre.

The Looming Tower also dramatises the real rivalries between the FBI and CIA counterterrorism divisions in the 1990s.

Hulu’s Looming Tower Twitter account posted a tweet about the significance of the title which was taken directly from Quran 3:78.

Translated from Arabic, the tweet read; “Wherever you are, death will find you, even in the looming tower.”

Underneath the photo was the text: “Lawrence Wright’s inspiration for the title of #TheLoomingTower came directly from the Quran. These words were reported to have also been uttered by Osama bin Laden to the 19 hijackers prior to 9/11.”

BBC Head of Programme Acquisition, 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.”

Is there a trailer for The Looming Tower on BBC?

Yes, you can watch the 30-second trailer for The Looming Tower above.

The trailer showcases the increasing tension between the FBI and the CIA counter-terrorism unis and their reluctance to work together.

The trailer begins with Schmidt saying: “This administration will be remembered for the risks it didn’t take.”

Soufan is then heard saying: “This guy is coming into our country and we aren’t sharing this yet?”

An anonymous voice is then heard shouting: “You’ve got a stash of intel you are refusing to share with my agent.”

The trailer then shows the highjackers checking in at the airport and one walking towards the cockpit on board the plane.

At the end of the trailer, Mr Clarke (Michael Stubarg) looks directly to the camera and says: “Your government failed you.”

The Looming Tower airs Friday, April 26 on BBC Two at 9:30pm

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