The Accident

The Accident is a four part drama for Channel 4 written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri).

In a community that has been left behind, a large construction project offers hope for a better future. But that future disappears when a local politician’s rebellious daughter leads a gang of friends onto the building site and an explosion leads the building to collapse.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, grief quickly turns to anger. Unwilling to accept that their children were to blame, the families cry for justice. And as the gears of justice slowly turn challenging truths begin to emerge. When the spotlight shifts onto one of the town’s own sons the town threatens to tear itself apart.

It falls to the Council Leader’s long-suffering wife, now caring for a daughter with a lifelong disability, to hold the community together. And as the powers that be fail to deliver closure for the town, it’s up to her to lead them on the march for justice, no matter the cost.


A 4 x 60 minute drama for Channel 4/Hulu

Starring: Sarah Lancashire, Sidse Babett Knudsen, Joanna Scanlan, Eiry Thomas, Mark Lewis-Jones, Genevieve Barr, Adrian Scarborough

Written by: Jack Thorne

Director: Sandra Goldbacher

Executive Producers: George Faber, George Ormond, Jack Thorne

Producer: Morenike Williams


‘The Accident might ask thorny questions about corporate manslaughter and restorative justice but at heart this remained a deeply human story.’ 4* The Telegraph 

‘The Accident is a much needed high-intensity beam.’ 4* The Metro

‘it is so good you may not be able to watch.’ 4* Mail on Sunday 

‘…a brilliantly told tale set to stoke up important issues.’ The People

 ‘…hard-hitting drama.’ The Times

‘Devastating’ The Independent