Crossfire writer explains inspiration behind thriller

The BBC's new hit thriller Crossfire was written by Leicestershire's Melton-born author Louise Doughty and sees families and staff in a luxury Canary Island resort battle to stay alive after shots are fired by gunmen. The key to the drama is the focus on human stories and the emotions of the people and the choices they have to make when things go horribly wrong. BBC One has described the evening drama as: "A story of survival and resilience, Crossfire is an edge-of-your-seat nail-biting thriller yet also emotional, intimate and relatable.

With the unsuspecting holidaymakers and hotel staff forced to make monumental split-second life or death decisions, the consequences will linger long after the final shots are fired." One of the show's stars, Daniel Ryan, says Crossfire is a thriller where viewers shout at the television screen and tell characters "not to go that way, don't do that, as the audience is always going to be one step ahead of the characters..." Read more: Who wrote BBC drama Crossfire and what else the Leicestershire writer has done

Is Crossfire a true story? Crossfire is not a true story, but similar events have happened at resorts across the world. For instance, during the summer of 2015 in Tunisia, 38 people, 30 of whom were British, were killed when a gunman opened fire at a hotel in a popular tourist resort.

A decade earlier, in 2005, 88 were killed in three suicide bombings at the famous Egyptian resort city of Sharm El Sheikh. Two bombs targeted hotels, with one being driven into a hotel lobby by a truck, the other hidden in a suitcase at a different site. The blasts were strong enough to shatter windows miles away.

The inspiration for Crossfire came during a holiday in the Canary Islands. The show's creator, Doughty, revealed she got the idea for the thriller while relaxing in the sun. "I was lying on a sun lounger one day in a hotel complex; my family were scattered around the complex," she said.

"I had one child was in the pool and one had wandered off somewhere and I couldn't help thinking what if some sort of gun attack happened on the resort at this particular moment.

I thought What would I do?'"