Airdate: Kiri

Sarah Lancashire (Happy Valley, Last Tango in Halifax) stars in a new four-part drama, Kiri, written by Jack Thorne (National Treasure).

The 4 part series centres on the abduction of a nine-year-old black girl with Lancashire playing a social worker.

Also starring Sue Johnstone, Claire Rushbrook, this aired in the UK in January.

Kiri follows the abduction and death of a young black girl, named Kiri (Felicia Mukasa), who’s about to be adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follows.

At the heart of the drama lies Miriam (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 grandfather Tobi, (Lucian Msamati) (Taboo, Luther). 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.

Writer: Jack Thorne; Producer: Toby Bentley (National Treasure, No Offence) Executive Producers: George Ormond, George Faber, Jack Thorne; Director(s) Euros Lyn.

8pm Thursday April 12 on ABC.

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