The dark trailer for Sarah Lancashire’s Rhondda-filmed drama The Accident is here – Wales Online
The trailer for Sarah Lancashire’s long-awaited Welsh drama The Accident has been revealed.
Sarah Lancashire reunited with BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne for Channel 4 ‘s latest mini-series The Accident, which was previously announced under the working title The Light.
Eagle-eyed fans might notice that the very first scene opens with the village of Maerdy in the Rhondda Valleys being used as the backdrop.
And then, the community of Glyngolau are seen gathering at an event celebrating what looks like St David’s Day and is taking place on Maerdy football pitch.
The series – which hasn’t yet been given a release date – explores a forgotten community devastated by disaster.
A gas explosion on the construction site of a much-needed and sought-after regeneration project in this “left-behind” town claims the lives of children who have broken into the building site to make mischief.
As grief gives way to anger the community finds itself forced to confront difficult truths amid the search for justice.
The trailer focuses on Polly (Lancashire) and her politician husband Iwan Bevan (Mark Lewis) who struggle to cope when it’s revealed their daughter Leona (Jade Croot) had broken into the site and was left with life-changing disabilities after the explosion.
Iwan had championed the project, focusing on the jobs it would bring to the community, but in one scene Polly says to her husband: “She was there because it was yours”.
It appears the community’s determination to get justice threatens Polly and Iwan’s relationship.
Jade Croot, a young actress from Merthyr Tydfil, landed her first TV role as Lancashire’s daughter Leona, having previously performed on stage.
She has previously appeared in Les Miserables, Songs for a New World and The Crucible.
The four-part series is tied to Jack Thorne’s critically-acclaimed Channel 4 dramas National Treasure (2016) and Kiri (2018).
In August 2018 Thorne said: “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.”
Like National Treasure and Kiri, The Accident will look at “how the media spotlight in the wake of such a disaster can affect a community.”
We’ll update this piece when we get an airdate, so stay tuned.