The Light: Sarah Lancashire to lead Jack Thorne’s new series

The third in the trilogy of dramas, following National Treasure and Kiri, is moving forward at Channel 4...

Jack Thorne is to finish his trilogy of dramas for Channel 4 that started with National Treasure. That series was soon followed by the critically acclaimed Kiri, and now its star is on board for the final part, The Light.

Sarah Lancashire will star as Polly in seriesand her role has been fully revealed in a brand new synopsis dished up by Channel 4…

In a community that has been left behind, a large construction project offers hope for a better future; regeneration, and much needed employment. But an explosion, followed by a catastrophic collapse, leaves many dead, children included, and the community devastated.

The story centres on Polly, played by Lancashire, the wife of the local politician who championed the project. Their rebellious daughter, Leona, had led a group of friends who broke onto the site on the day of the explosion, but now is left with a lifelong disability after the disaster.

As communal grief gives way to a torrent of anger and blame, the community finds itself torn apart. Unwilling to accept that their children were to blame, the families cry for justice.

It falls to Polly to hold the community together, and to face the challenging truths that begin to emerge.

“This is the most wonderful opportunity to work with Channel 4, The Forge, and Jack Thorne’s masterly writing once again. The Light is a fiercely powerful piece; shocking and emotive and I feel extremely privileged to be a part of it,” said Lancashire in a statement.

Thorne had earlier addressed the commission of The Light thusly: “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.”

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It’s no surprise that Thorne has been given the opportunity to finish what he started – consolidated viewing figures made Kiri Channel 4’s most-watched drama series since…well, ever.

More on The Light as we get it.