RTS award winners Sarah Lancashire and Jack Thorne have teamed up for a new Channel 4 drama which examines the abduction and death of a young black girl who is soon to be adopted by her white foster family.
Happy Valley actor Sarah Lancashire stars as social worker Miriam who is thrust into the spotlight when a child in her care, Kiri, is abducted and killed after an unsupervised visit to her biological family. The no-nonsense social worker loves and believes in her job, but has a maverick and instinctive approach to dealing with the children she looks after, which draws attention as the media buzz intensifies.
Miriam (Lancashire) and the families at the centre of the storm are forced to ask tough questions, not just of themselves, but of those they love the most.
Kiri comes from screenwriter Jack Thorne – who won RTS and Bafta awards for Channel 4 mini-series National Treasure earlier this year. “My Mum spent most of her life in the caring professions and I’ve always wanted to find a way of examining the pressures they are put under,” Thorne explained.
The four-part drama will air on Channel 4 in 2018 and is being produced in association with Hulu, the US on-demand service behind The Handmaid’s Tale.