It’s a simple opening, but devastatingly poignant in context: teenage girls talking about getting ready to go to a concert. “I wanted something off the shoulder,” says one. “Like girly, but not girly. Like Ariana Grande.”
It is poignant because, even now, these teenagers are able to recapture that sense of anticipation. It is devastating because you know what is coming next.
In all, 14,000 people attended Grande’s show at the Manchester Arena on 22 May last year. “Manchester: The Night of the Bomb” (BBC Two) recounts the events leading up to, and after, the explosion in the foyer that killed 23 people and wounded more than 500.
It is a documentary you can watch only with your heart in your throat.
Read the story at The Guardian.
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