About

The Forge is a UK-based independent drama production company, established in 2014 by George Faber. Its aim is to develop and produce original and innovative television drama, working in collaboration with the UK’s leading and emerging creative talent.

The Forge produced its inaugural production in 2016, the compelling and highly topical 4-part serial drama National Treasure, written by the multi award-winning writer Jack Thorne and starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough, for Channel 4/Hulu. The show, which sees a celebrity accused of historic sex crimes, has gone on to win many prestigious awards including the BAFTA for Mini-Series and the Peabody Award for Entertainment Program.

In 2017, The Forge produced the 6-part critically acclaimed series Ackley Bridge, also for Channel 4, which triumphantly marked the channel’s return to 8pm week-night drama. The show, created by Ayub Khan-Din, Malcolm Campbell and Kevin Erlis, is set in a Yorkshire Academy formed by the merger of an all-white and an all-Asian school. Following the success of Series 1, which was Channel 4’s highest rating show for 10-15 year olds, Channel 4 commissioned a further 12 episodes for transmission in 2018. Series 2 is currently filming and will star returning cast members Jo Joyner, Paul Nicholls, Sunetra Sarker, Liz White, Poppy Lee Friar and Amy Leigh Hickman, amongst others.

In October/November 2017 The Last Post transmitted on Sunday nights on BBC1. The series averaged a consolidated audience of 6 million viewers per week. It was also shown by Amazon. The Last Post is a 6-part original drama series set in Aden in the 1960s, created by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat for BBC1/Amazon (co-produced with Bonafide Films) and starring Jessie Buckley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jessica Raine and Ben Miles.

Also in 2017, The Forge produced The Miniaturist, a 2-part adaptation of Jessie Burton’s best-selling thriller set in 17th century Amsterdam, written by John Brownlow for BBC1/WGBH and starring Anya Taylor-Joy, Romola Garai and Alex Hassell. The sumptuous period mini-series was transmitted on BBC1 in December.

Most recently the Forge has produced:

Kiri, a powerful and compelling 4-part serial drama for C4/Hulu from writer Jack Thorne, telling the story of the fallout following the disappearance of a young black girl – Kiri, starring BAFTA and RTS award-winner Sarah Lancashire.

Collateral, a 4-part high-octane crime thriller about immigration for BBC2/Netflix set in present day London from pre-eminent playwright David Hare, starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Nicola Walker and Billie Piper

The company’s most recent production green lights are:

The Three, an epic 8-part global, supernatural, conspiracy thriller, written by Peter Straughan, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Jeremy Dyson and Sarah Lotz, adapted from the best-selling book of the same name by Sarah Lotz. The BBC will show the series in the UK.

Dark Mon£y, a timely and evocative 4-part series for BBC1, written by BAFTA winning writer Levi David Addai. The original drama sees an ordinary London family decide to accept a substantial pay-off from a renowned filmmaker to keep silent about the abuse of their youngest son.

The Team

The Forge was set up by George Faber in 2014. Previously, George ran Company Pictures, which he co-founded in 1998 with Charlie Pattinson. During his 12 years there, the company grew into one of the UK’s largest, most successful and highly regarded UK drama indies, winning Golden Globes, EMMYs, BAFTAs and RTS Awards for its wide-ranging productions including Shameless, Skins, Elizabeth I, Generation Kill, The Shadow Line, The Devil’s Whore, The Village, Wild At Heart, The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, A Room for Romeo Brass and Morvern Callar. Prior to his time at Company Pictures, George was Head of Single Drama for the BBC.

Before joining The Forge, George was an executive producer at the BBC, where he developed a raft of projects, including the 2016 adaptation of War and Peace for BBC1. He produced Sarah Phelps’ BAFTA and EMMY winning adaptation of Great Expectations, Sandy Welch’s adaptation of Emma, two series of Silent Witness, and EastEnders. George executive produced The Forge’s inaugural production, National Treasure for Channel 4, written by award-winning writer Jack Thorne, as well as the recent Jack Thorne mini-series, Kiri. Also for Channel 4 George executive produced Ackley Bridge, the second series of which is currently in production and will air later on in 2018.

Mark joined The Forge from Company Pictures where he produced Uncle Adolf, Wallis & Edward, both for ITV, and Einstein & Eddington, Women in Love and Wolf Hall for the BBC. For The Forge, Mark has executive produced The Last Post, a Peter Moffat series for the BBC which transmitted in 2017, and Collateral, written by David Hare, which aired on BBC2 in early 2018. Currently he is executive producing Dark Money, a four-part original drama series for BBC1 written by BAFTA-winning writer Levi David Addai.

Kate joined the Forge from Company Pictures where she was an Executive Producer. Previous notable successes include finding Slumdog Millionaire and Salmon Fishing in the Yemen as unpublished manuscripts as part of ten years in the film industry for Film 4, UKFC, Free Range Films, Kudos Pictures, Seesaw and Aardman. Prior to this she was an award winning Theatre Director working at the RSC, The Young Vic and the National Theatre in Poland. Kate is freelance and also has her own company Feet Films Ltd which currently has four feature films in development. Recently she executive produced the adaptation of Jessie Burton's bestselling novel, The Miniaturist, for BBC1 and is currently working on The Three, based on the epic thriller by Sarah Lotz.

Annelise joined The Forge in 2014, managing its initial set up through to its current structure. Prior to joining The Forge, Annelise was Executive and Communications Manager at North One Television, one of the UK’s largest independent media companies. She also previously worked for all3media international in their Press and Marketing team. Annelise is responsible for the Company Management of The Forge, overseeing its business and production operations.

Stephanie joined The Forge in 2017 from New Pictures and All3media where she was the Head of Finance. Prior to this, she held various senior finance positions within Chellomedia (Liberty Global’s channel division) and was actively involved in its sale to AMC Networks. Following the sale, she became the Finance Director of the Liberty Global Content division. Stephanie is a qualified chartered accountant and started her career with Ernst & Young.

Claudine's production career has spanned 25 years, starting as Production Assistant on Mike Leigh's Naked, working with the team and Producer, Simon Channing-Williams. Since Line Producing she has worked across the UK and in South Africa, Lithuania, Romania, Cambodia, Russia, Mallorca, France and the Czech Republic. Production credits include the final Prime Suspect, Pierrepoint, Strikeback, Mad Dogs and The Shadowline, amongst others. In 2016, Claudine started co-producing on projects such as Hooten And The Lady, The Last Post (for the Forge) and most recently Patrick Melrose for West Fourth Films. Claudine joins The Forge as Head of Production.

Anna joined The Forge development team in 2014 and script edits and manages the diverse range of projects on the development slate, as well as identifying new ideas and writing talent for the company. Anna joined The Forge from Company Pictures, where her credits included The Village, Moonfleet, Truckers and Wolf Hall. She has worked as a development consultant in film finance, and script edited the work of a number of leading writers including Jimmy McGovern, Allan Cubitt, Michael Frayn, Ashley Pharoah, Peter Flannery, William Ivory, Jim Cartwright and Peter Straughan. Recently, Anna worked as development producer on The Forge’s production, ‘Ackley Bridge’ for Channel 4.

Alex joined The Forge in 2015 after graduating from Warwick University where he studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Alex is development editor at The Forge, and works across the company's production commissions and development slate.

Isabelle joined The Forge in 2017 after working freelance for Initial, an Endemol Shine company. After graduating from Cambridge University she interned with Studio Lambert, Revolution Films and The Ink Factory. In her role as office assistant Isabelle looks after office management and provides administrative support to The Forge team, as well as doing reading and research.

Carmen joined The Forge in December 2017 as George Faber’s Personal Assistant. Prior to this, she was an Office Runner at Company Pictures and Lime Pictures. She graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2015.