NGC special looks at the hunt for Boston bombers

As we approach the one-year anniversary of the horrific Boston Marathon bombing in 2013, National Geographic Channel (NGC) will air a two-hour “factual drama” that relives the hunt for those behind it.

Called Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers, the special, debuting April 13, includes unprecedented access to authorities, including Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick; former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino; William B. Evans, former superintendent and current commissioner of the Boston Police Department; Edward F. Davis, former commissioner of the BPD; and Richard C. DesLauriers, former special agent in charge of the FBI, Boston Division.


NGC says that Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers will also use news media footage, amateur-shot video, firsthand accounts and dramatic re-creations (like the one pictured) that take viewers through the tense days as information unfolded piece-by-piece to investigators, the media and the public at large.

The special comes from Raw TV, the production company behind NGC’s acclaimed Locked Up Abroad series, and looks like it utilizes that show’s combination of facts, footage and dramatic reenactments.

“This event is still an open wound for those who lived through the nightmare, and even for those who shockingly watched it play out in the media,” said Heather Moran, executive vice president of programming for NGC, in a release. “This film is a conclusive account of the event as told by both victims and the brave men and women who were on the ground passionately fighting to bring their city back from the brink.”

Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers premieres April 13 at 9pm ET/PT on NGC.


Dramatic reenactment of police officers closing in on Tamerlan Tsarnaev after shootout, as seen in the special Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers: National Geographic Channels/Ros Davidson