Channel 4’s new dram Kiri concludes tonight: Here’s who’s on the cast and all you need to know.
BAFTA-winner Jack Thorne (National Treasure) returns to Channel 4 with a powerful and compelling new 4-part serial drama. Kiri examines the abduction of a young black girl, named Kiri, who is soon-to-be-adopted by her white foster family, and the trail of lies, blame, guilt and notoriety that follows.
Miriam Grayson, played by Sarah Lancashire. A Bristol based social worker in her early fifties, Miriam has devoted her entire life to the many children in her care.
Detective Inspector Vanessa Mercer, played by Wunmi Mosaku. DI Mercer, is the police officer leading the investigation into Kiri’s murder. Having grown up in care and joined the police on a diversity scheme, Mercer has been fighting the odds all her life.
Further casting includes Alice Warner played by Lia Williams, Jim Warner played by Steven Mackintosh, Simon Warner played by Finn Bennett, Kiri Akindele played by Felicia Mukasa, Tobi Akindele played by Lucian Msamati, Nathaniel Akindele played by Paapa Essiedu, Rochelle Akindele played by Andi Oshu, Julie Burnett played by Claire Rushbrook, Lucy Maxwell played by Cara Theobold and Celia Grayson played by Sue Johnston.
In the opening episode, dedicated social worker Miriam (Lancashire) arranges for Kiri (Mukasa) to have an unsupervised visit with her birth grandfather, Tobi (Msamati), and his second wife before her white foster family officially adopts her. However, during the visit Kiri goes missing, and as the search for her intensifies, Miriam is very publicly blamed by the police, the press, and even her colleagues for putting the girl at risk.
Last week, Alice (Lia Williams) and Jim (Steven Mackintosh) are shocked to hear from DI Mercer (Wunmi Mosaku) that the police case against Nate (Paapa Essiedu) might not be straightforward after all and everything may not be as it seemed. A reeling Alice goes on the offensive, with Miriamin particular in the firing line. Meanwhile Tobi is furious with the police for the way they’ve treated his family, as DI Mercer has more bad news for him
In tonight’s final episode, Si (Finn Bennett) realises his relationship with Alice has deteriorated and is determined to find out why, while DI Mercer confronts Nate with new evidence. As the truth about what happened to Kiri starts to unfold, Miriam realises she has to take responsibility for her actions, Alice’s devastation gets the better of her, and Tobi has a choice to make about his son Nate.
Kiri airs Wednesday night at 9PM on Channel 4.