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British broadcaster Channel 4 and Hulu are once against working with Jack Thorne —the prolific writer of both National Treasure and National Treasure: Kiri (which was released as Kiri in the U.K.) — on the four-part follow-up The Light (working title).
Produced by All3Media’s The Forge, the series will look at disability and focus on the repercussions of a catastrophic disaster that befalls a community in a small Welsh town which has seen more prosperous times. Like National Treasure and Kiri, it will explore how the media spotlight in the wake of such a disaster can affect a community.
“We are delighted to be working once more with the immensely talented Jack Thorne,” said Channel 4’s head of drama Beth Willis. “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 promises to be another powerful examination of guilt, blame, responsibility and culpability.”
Added Thorne: “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.”
The Light was commissioned for Channel 4 by Willis. Jonny Richards and Chloe Tucker will be commissioning executives.
Shooting is expected to begin in 2019, with the series airing later that year on Channel 4. The Light will also premiere exclusively in the U.S. on Hulu.
All3media International will handle global sales.
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