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 airing and stars 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.