Sarah Lancashire stars in a new four-part Channel 4 drama The Accident.
Written by Jack Thorne and directed by Sandra Goldbacher, the new series "aims to explore the nexus between blame, revenge and justice, and explores the contentious question of responsibility - social, corporate and personal – that the accident gives rise to."
Set in the fictional Welsh town of Glyngolau and filmed entirely on location in Wales, The Accident follows the grief and anger that follows when an explosion on the construction site claims the lives of many children who have broken into the building site to make mischief.
From the cast to the first spoilers, here's all you need to know about the series...
The Accident cast
Sarah Lancashire (Kiri, Happy Valley) plays Polly Bevan the wife of the local politician who championed the regeneration project based on the site and the person to whom the community turns following the disaster.
Joining the cast in the role of Councillor Iwan Bevan, Polly's husband, is Mark Lewis Jones (National Treasure, Keeping Faith) while their rebellious teenage daughter Leona is played by newcomer Jade Croot (Casualty).
Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen, Westworld) plays Harriet Paulsen, the executive at Kallbridge Developments which has overseen the project in Glyngolau. Her Executive Assistant at Kallbridge is Tim, played by Nabhaan Rizwan (Informer, 1917).
Joanna Scanlan (No Offence, Getting On) and Eiry Thomas (Keeping Faith, Rillington Place) play Angela Griffiths and Greta respectively, mums who have both lost daughters in the accident.
Further casting includes Genevieve Barr (The Silence, Press) as Debbie Kethin, wife of the construction site's security guard.
Completing the cast are Shaun Parkes (Line of Duty, The Lost Honour of Christopher Jefferies) as Martin Harris and Adrian Scarborough (Gosford Park, Killing Eve) as Philip Walters, two outsiders to the town, and Laura, played by Ruth Madeley (Years and Years, Don’t Take My Baby), who is hired by Kallbridge to serve as Harriet’s counsel.
The Accident spoilers
The Accident started on Thursday, October 24 on Channel 4.
Four episodes will air weekly at 9PM.
You can watch episodes online via the All4 Player here.
The Accident spoilers
In episode one, an explosion on the construction site of a much-needed and sought-after regeneration project claims the lives of several teenagers who have broken onto the building site to make mischief.
One mother, Polly, directs her anger at the development's project's leader, Harriet Paulsen but as grief gives way to anger, Polly and the community have to confront difficult truths amid the search for justice.
In tonight's third episode (November 7), the inquest opens, and questions are asked - of Iwan (Lewis Jones), Alan (Kai Owen) and Harriet (Babbett Knudsen). Polly (Lancashire) is forced to choose between her husband and justice when asked to betray Iwan to get the evidence the families of the victims need.
Meanwhile, Harriet's boss presents her with an impossible choice - with devastating results for Tim (Nabhaan Rizwan).