Channel 4 have confirmed new dramas and the return of one of their big hits.
A brand new 4-part drama starring Sarah Lancashire from the writer of National Treasure, BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne.
BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure) returns to Channel 4 with a powerful and compelling new 4-part serial drama that 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), 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.
A brand new 6-part crime thriller set in the ruins of a fallen city
Baghdad, 2003. Saddam has fallen and Baghdad lies at the centre of the coalition’s efforts to secure the region. Political insurgents battle, while the occupying forces seek to make the impossible possible – with no plan of how to achieve it. Baghdad Central is a brand new 6-part crime thriller from BAFTA-nominated writer Stephen Butchard (The Last Kingdom, House of Saddam) based on the novel by Elliott Colla. In the midst of the chaos, crime and paranoia, Muhsin al-Khafaji’s an Iraqi ex-policeman has lost his home, his wife and his career and is battling to keep himself and his ailing daughter safe. When his desperate brother in-law asks him to help find his missing niece, Khafaji’s sense of love and duty force him to accept the task. But it quickly becomes clear that his enquiries are not welcome at the university where she studied, or in the occupying force’s Green Zone where she claimed to work as a translator. Khafaji and his daughter, Mrouj, are soon convinced there is more to discover than just a missing person.
A 6-part drama offering unique and singular insight into one young woman’s struggle with an x-rated secret
22 year old Marnie is not OK. She may just seem quiet to others, but the noise inside her head is relentless. For the last 2031 days, she has been assailed by an incessant barrage of graphic x-rated thoughts that intrude, at the most inopportune of moments, on her day to day life. Whether she’s sitting exams at university, waiting at a bus stop or passing strangers on a street, her life is interrupted by irrepressible sexual thoughts. Marnie has no idea what’s wrong with her – Is she gay? A sex addict?? A pervert??? Why is she plagued by these mental images and what do they mean? Is that who she really is, deep down? Pure is Kirstie Swain’s (Clique) painfully human, sharply observed, and outrageously funny adaptation of Rose Bretécher’s acclaimed book. It is a moving, warm and truthful exploration of one young woman’s search for herself and her very real struggle with mental illness. It explores what it means to be a young woman today, what it means to discover a whole new world. It’s about finding new friends, and most importantly, about falling in love.
NO OFFENCE – series 3
It’s all back to Friday Street station as Paul Abbott’s critically-acclaimed and award-winning series is recommissioned for Channel 4
Paul Abbott’s critically-acclaimed, hugely popular, RTS Award-winning and BAFTA-nominated police procedural is set to return to Channel 4 for a third series next year, with D.I. Viv Deering and her team from Friday Street station once more clashing with the underworld and their overlords alike. This third series kicks off with the attempted assassination of a local politician by a new Far Right group – an attack which has devastating consequences for the Friday Street team. There’s no time for tears, though, as not only is the maniac still on the loose but the politicos are turning the situation to their advantage. Viv and Friday Street find themselves pawns in a political chess match, which is the last thing they need as incidents of hate crime soar in the city. Viv’s never had it to tough and finds she must deploy every weapon in her arsenal to keep her team together and restore peace to a community wracked with political and xenophobic uncertainty.