NATIONAL TREASURE is a gripping and highly topical 4-part mini-series, written by multi-award winning screenwriter Jack Thorne (Harry Potter and the cursed child, This is England) and directed by BAFTA-winning director Marc Munden. The cast is headed by Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough.
The series follows Paul Finchley, an ageing, beloved comedian, a hero to TV audiences and peers alike, after he is arrested following an allegation of rape dating back to the 90’s. The four-part drama follows the story from arrest through to verdict and focuses both on the investigation, and the effect of the case on Paul, on his wife of 40 years, Marie, and his troubled daughter, Dee.
National Treasure is a story that goes behind the headlines to look at the human and emotional impact when the whole life of a family is called into question. It explores memory, truth, doubt, and how well we really know ourselves and those close to us.
The drama was first unveiled during last year’s Edinburgh TV Festival. “What I’ve always loved about Channel 4 is that it’s a place to discuss big ideas. (J.Thorne)
“National Treasure is a piece about doubt, about the smell of abuse, about how we as a society live in Yewtree times. Paul is a man who could be innocent or guilty. We’re going to examine him from all sides and ask that big question – how well do we know the people closest to us?”
National Treasure is produced by new production company The Forge for Channel 4.