Kiri (Channel 4 2018, Sarah Lancashire, Steven Mackintosh)
BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure) returns to Channel 4 with powerful and compelling new 4-part serial drama Kiri. The series examines the abduction of a young black girl, the Kiri of the title. Kiri is on the verge of being officially adopted by her white foster family when she goes missing.
At the heart of the drama lies Miriam, played by the always fabulous Sarah Lancashire, an experienced, no-nonsense social worker who loves and believes in her job, but has a maverick and instinctive approach to protecting the children in her care. Miriam arranges for Kiri to have an unsupervised visit with her biological grandparents. But when Kiri disappears during the visit, the fingers of suspicion and blame from the police, the press, and even her colleagues, point firmly at Miriam. As the media spotlight around the story intensifies, Miriam, as well as both sets of families, are forced to ask the toughest questions, not just of themselves, but of each other.
Tobi (Lucian Msamati), who is Kiri’s birth grandfather, finds both his race and dysfunctional relationship with his son, the prime suspect in Kiri’s disappearance, put under the microscope. Meanwhile Alice (Lia Williams - The Missing, The Crown), Kiri’s fiercely articulate white foster mother, watches as her family starts to crumble under the pressure of very public grief.