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 4-part serial drama for C4/Hulu from writer Jack Thorne and starring BAFTA and RTS award-winner Sarah Lancashire. Kiri examines the abduction 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. Kiri’s consolidated viewing figures saw it become Channel 4’s most-watched drama ever, with an average of nearly 5 million viewers.

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 state of the nation drama set over the course of 4 days, explores the spiralling repercussions surrounding the fatal shooting of a pizza delivery man. With its first episode consolidating to 4.2 million views, Collateral ranked within BBC Two’s top ten highest rated drama series in ten years.

The company’s most recent production green light is an epic 8-part series called The Three. Adapted from Sarah Lotz’s best-selling book of the same name, The Three is a global, supernatural, conspiracy thriller, written by Peter Straughan, Rebecca Lenkiewicz, Jeremy Dyson and Sarah Lotz. The BBC will show the series in the UK.

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 combined the roles of Head of Business Affairs and Producer. During his time there, he produced Uncle Adolf, Wallis & Edward, both for ITV, and Einstein & Eddington and Women in Love for the BBC. Most recently he produced the adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies for the BBC. Mark recently executive produced The Last Post, a Peter Moffat series for the BBC produced in collaboration with Bonafide Films, which transmitted in 2017. He is currently working on Collateral, written by David Hare, which will air on BBC2 in 2018.

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.

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. As well as looking after office management and providing administrative support to The Forge team, Isabelle works with the development team doing reading, research and assessing submissions.

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.