National Treasure

The Forge’s inaugural production, National Treasure, is a gripping and highly topical 4-part mini-series, written by multi-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne and directed by BAFTA-winning director Marc Munden. The cast is headed by Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough.

The series follows Paul Finchley, an ageing, beloved comedian, a hero to TV audiences and peers alike, after he is arrested following an allegation of rape dating back to the 90’s. The four-part drama follows the story from arrest through to verdict and focuses both on the investigation, and the effect of the case on Paul, on his wife of 40 years, Marie, and his troubled daughter, Dee.

National Treasure is a story that goes behind the headlines to look at the human and emotional impact when the whole life of a family is called into question. It explores memory, truth, doubt, and how well we really know ourselves and those close to us.


A 4 x 60 minute series for Channel 4/Hulu

Starring Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters, Tim McInnerny and Andrea Riseborough

Written by: Jack Thorne
Directed by: Marc Munden
Produced by: John Chapman
Executive Producers:
George Ormond
George Faber
Jack Thorne
Marc Munden
Hugo Heppell
Norman Merry
Script Editor: Toby Bentley

Trail courtesy of James Brown/4Creative


“hypnotic, high-quality four-part drama…this is television drama at its most accomplished.”
The Times

“exhilaratingly timely and very convincing…”
The Guardian