4 x 60 mins
Tragedy. Blame. Justice?
In a community that has been left behind, a large construction project offers hope for a better future. But that future disappears when a local politician’s rebellious daughter leads a gang of friends onto the site. An explosion causes the building to collapse, killing everyone but her.
In the aftermath of the tragedy, grief quickly turns to anger. Unwilling to accept that their children were to blame, the families cry for justice. And as the gears of justice slowly turn, challenging truths begin to emerge. When the spotlight shifts onto one of the town’s own sons, the community threatens to tear itself apart.
It falls to the Council Leader’s long-suffering wife, now caring for a daughter with a lifelong disability, to hold the community together. And as those in charge fail to deliver closure for the town, it’s up to her to lead them on the march for justice, no matter what the cost.
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"The first episode of The Accident provides yet more proof as to why Jack Thorne is one of our most in-demand screenwriters"
"Thorne is a writer of class"
"Jack Thorne, the unassailable powerhouse"
"This was bold, knotty drama, powered by a heart-wrenching performance from Sarah Lancashire"
Michael Hogan, The Telegraph
"The gripping four-part Channel 4 series, starring Sarah Lancashire and Joanna Scanlan, had viewers on the edge of their seats"
"Devastating, Grenfell-inspired portrayal of how a disaster affects a community"
"Jack Thorne is probably one of the UK's most in-demand writers"
"The Accident is another magnificent example of Thorne’s talent for taking a huge story containing multitudinous contemporary concerns and distilling them into emotive stories on a scale we can cope with, be compelled by, learn from"
"A hard-hitting, intimate story of a small town’s reckoning with massive disaster"
The Forge for Channel 4, UK
Polly: Sarah Lancashire (Kiri, Happy Valley)
Angela: Joanna Scanlan (Getting On)
Harriet: Sidse Babett Knudsen (Westworld)
Iwan: Mark Lewis Jones (Keeping Faith, National Treasure, Chernobyl)
Debbie: Genevieve Barr (Press)
Philip: Adrian Scarborough (Killing Eve)
Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri)
Morenike Williams (Killing Eve, Delicious)
Sandra Goldbacher (The Hours, Ordeal by Innocence)
Executive Producers: George Faber, George Ormond
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