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, Channel 4 commissioned a further 12 episodes for transmission in 2018 and 8 episodes for transmission in 2019. The most recent series saw returning cast members Jo Joyner, Sunetra Sarker, Poppy Lee Friar and Amy Leigh Hickman joined by new cast members Robert James-Collier and Charlie Hardwick, amongst others.
In late 2017 The Last Post transmitted on Sunday nights on BBC1. The 6-part original drama series set in Aden in the 1960s was created by BAFTA winner Peter Moffat for BBC1/Amazon and was co-produced with Bonafide Films. The series, starring Jessie Buckley, Stephen Campbell Moore, Jessica Raine and Ben Miles averaged a consolidated audience of 6 million viewers per week.
The company went on to produce 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 on consecutive nights in December 2017.
2017 also saw The Forge reunite with Jack Thorne to produce Kiri, a powerful and compelling 4-part serial drama for Channel 4/Hulu, telling the story of the fallout following the disappearance of a young black girl – Kiri. The cast included BAFTA and RTS award-winner Sarah Lancashire, Lia Williams, Steven Mackintosh, Wunmu Mosaki, Paapa Essiedu and Lucian Msamati, amongst others. The show, which transmitted in January 2018 on Channel 4 also premiered exclusively in the U.S as part of Hulu’s award-winning original slate.
In the same year, The Forge produced Collateral, a 4-part high-octane crime thriller about immigration for BBC2/Netflix set in present day London from pre-eminent playwright David Hare and directed by S J Clarkson. Starring Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan, John Simm, Nicola Walker and Billie Piper, the show transmitted in February 2018.
Most recently The Forge has produced:
Dark Money, a gripping, timely and evocative 4-part series for BBC1 which transmitted in July 2019. Written by BAFTA winning writer Levi David Addai and directed by Lewis Arnold with BAFTA nominated Babou Ceesay and Jill Halfpenny leading the cast. 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 Accident, BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri) returned with the third in his trilogy of compelling, penetrating and timely 4-part dramas for Channel 4/Hulu. The show, directed by Sandra Goldbacher, focuses on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a forgotten community in a small Welsh town. Leading the cast are Sarah Lancashire, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joanna Scanlan, Eiry Thomas and Mark Lewis Jones. The show transmitted in October 2019.
The company is currently in production with Roadkill, a 4-part political thriller for BBC1 by writer David Hare, starring award-winning actor Hugh Laurie and directed by Michael Keillor; Becoming Elizabeth, an 8-part original series for STARZ, created and written by writer Anya Reiss and Ackley Bridge series 4 of the award-winning schools drama for Channel 4.