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 and 8 episodes for transmission in 2019.
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.
In 2019, the company are in production with:
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.
Ackley Bridge will return with a third series and eight more episodes due to transmit later in the year. The series stars returning cast members Jo Joyner, Sunetra Sarker, Poppy Lee Friar and Amy Leigh Hickman, amongst others.
The Light – BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri) will return with the third in his trilogy of compelling, penetrating and timely 4-part dramas for Channel 4. The Light (w/t) will focus on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a community in a small Welsh town which has seen more prosperous times