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The Forge

When everyone's played a part, where do you lay the blame?

BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure) returns with a powerful and compelling new 4-part serial drama.

Kiri examines the abduction and death of a young black girl, named Kiri, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follows. At the heart of the drama lies Miriam, played by BAFTA and RTS award-winner Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax), an experienced, no-nonsense social worker who loves and believes in her job, but has a maverick and instinctive approach to protecting the children in her care.

Miriam arranges for Kiri to have an unsupervised visit with her biological grandparents. But when Kiri disappears during the visit, the fingers of suspicion and blame from the police, the press, and even her colleagues, point firmly at Miriam.

As the media spotlight around the story intensifies, Miriam, as well as both sets of families, are forced to ask the toughest questions, not just of themselves, but of each other. Tobi, Lucian Msamati (Taboo, Luther), who is Kiri’s birth grandfather, finds both his race and dysfunctional relationship with his son, the prime suspect in Kiri’s murder, put under the microscope. Meanwhile Alice, Lia Williams (The Missing, The Crown), Kiri’s fiercely articulate white foster mother, watches as her family starts to crumble under the pressure of very public grief.


2019 Royal Television Society Awards - Best Actor (Lucian Msamati)
2018 BAFTA Cymru Awards - Director: Fictin (Euros Lyn)
2018 Series Mania - International Panorama Award

2019 BAFTA TV Awards - Best Mini-Series
2019 BAFTA TV Awards - Best Leading Actor (Lucian Msamati)
2019 Broadcast Awards - Best Drama Series or Serial
2019 National Film Awards - Best TV Drama Series
2018 Televisual Bulldog Awards - Best Drama One-off or Serial
2018 BAFTA Cymru Awards - Sound


“Lancashire shines in a gripping, cliché-free drama with depth”

“Sarah Lancashire shines in this gritty and compelling drama”
The Express

"Thorne is one of the most thought-provoking dramatists in the country"
The Radio Times

“Kiri is already shaping up to be one of the TV highlights of the winter”
The Spectator

“It was riveting. Far from relying on soothing moral platitudes, Jack Thorne’s script was a complex study of human frailty, concerned with raising difficult but vital questions.”
The Telegraph

“Beautifully observed and not-as-grim-as-expected, Kiri is full of clever scenes that gently tease out the knotty tangle of intersectional themes – race, class, social care – without threatening to strangle.”
The Guardian

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The Forge for Channel 4, UK


Sarah Lancashire, Lia Williams, Steven Mackintosh, Sue Johnstone, Claire Rushbrook, Lucian Msamati


Writer: Jack Thorne


Producer: Toby Bentley (National Treasure, No Offence)
Executive Producers: George Ormond, George Faber, Jack Thorne


Director: Euros Lyn (Happy Valley, Damilola, Our Loved Boy)

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