This new documentary xposes the inside story of the most intensive manhunt in US history.
This two-hour special marks the first anniversary of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden and chronicles the chase for America's most-wanted man - which spanned decades, sparked wars, and defined presidencies. It highlights a string of grave mistakes and missed opportunities, characterising successive US administrations' attitudes towards tackling the threat of Bin Laden and al Qaeda.
Packed with exclusive interviews with military leaders, CIA chiefs, FBI agents and White House insiders from three presidential terms, this Brook Lapping production vividly tells the story of a 20-year cat and mouse game to bring the world's most notorious terrorist to justice.
Their accounts highlight how the new type of enemy Bin Laden represented provoked confusion within the US leadership about how he could be dealt with - as a criminal to be brought to justice, or a mortal foe to be destroyed by any means including military action - and expose critical structural and legal barriers prior to 9/11 that prevented the country's intelligence agencies from working together effectively to capture their target.
Drawing on the often colourful recollections of key figures involved, the documentary tells how the hunt became an all-consuming obsession for those who led the mission.
The programme also tells how some of the defining moments of the hunt fit into the story from the first bombing of the World Trade Center, the attacks on US Embassies in Africa and the USS Cole, 9/11, the war in Afghanistan and the failed attempt to snare Bin Laden in the Tora Bora mountains to the raid at Abbottabad.
With the full story laid out alongside the damning reasons why governments failed to catch Bin Laden for two decades, this is a tale that hasn't been told in this definitive way before.