Jack Thorne (National Treasure, Kiri, Cast Offs) is working on the third in his trilogy of timely four-part dramas for Channel 4 and Hulu.
The Light (working title) will look at disability and focus on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a community in a small Welsh town that has seen more prosperous times. Like Kiri and National Treasure, the drama will look at how the media spotlight in the wake of such a disaster can affect a community.
The series will be produced by The Forge, in association with Hulu in the U.S. Shooting is expected to begin in 2019, with the series airing later next year on Channel 4.
Beth Willis, head of drama at Channel 4, said: “We are delighted to be working once more with the immensely talented Jack Thorne. Jack has a singular ability to explore some of the most complex and challenging topics facing modern Britain today with warmth and empathy, and also with sharp insight and fearless scrutiny. The Light (w/t) promises to be another powerful examination of guilt, blame, responsibility and culpability.”
Thorne commented: “I cannot believe Channel 4 has afforded us this opportunity. At the beginning of National Treasure, we started talking about the possibilities of a trilogy which peeked behind the curtains of this country and tried to ask difficult questions about who we are and how the media paints us. I am so delighted we are going to get to finish that trilogy off. I’ve loved working with Beth, Channel 4 and The Forge on this.”
George Ormond, executive producer, said: “Jack’s a thrilling writer to work with not only because of his ability to put his finger on the pulse of what is worrying us as a nation, but because he manages to do so with characters that take our breath away, make us laugh, and then leave us wrung dry as we travel with them through the story. We’re over the moon to be getting the chance to complete the trilogy with The Light (w/t).”