Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel are partnering on a four-part drama from writer/director Peter Kosminsky (Wolf Hall) chronicling the fact-inspired fictional story of four British men and women who join ISIS in Raqqah, Syria. Currently untitled, the series, based on research and first-hand accounts compiled by Kosminsky, is being produced by Archery Pictures and is set to premiere next year on Channel 4 in the UK and on the National Geographic Channel in the rest of the world.
“After a year of extensive research, Peter has written a fascinating fictional story that sheds light on an unknown and unimaginable world,” said Beth Willis, Channel 4 Head of Drama. “This is a deeply authentic drama through which we are able to question and confront an incredibly complex, divisive and urgent global issue. I’m delighted to be partnering with National Geographic and Archery Pictures to bring Peter’s brilliant work to audiences in the UK and worldwide.”
“National Geographic has always been on the forefront of covering the complexities of war in our documentary features and series,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production. “Peter’s scripts take that same bold, unblinking approach to telling the fact-based stories of young ISIS recruits and offer an authentic and nuanced look inside one of the most serious global threats we face today.”
Writer, director and producer Kosminsky’s most recent drama Wolf Hall won a Golden Globe for Best Television Series and a BAFTA for Best Drama Series as well as the Leading Actor BAFTA for Mark Rylance. Kosminsky’s other Channel 4 credits include Britz, about a British Muslim family in post 9/11 Britain, and The Promise, a love story set against the backdrop of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. Additional credits include The Government Inspector, Warriors, White Oleander, No Child of Mine and Shoot To Kill.
The untitled ISIS drama will be produced by Archery Pictures for Channel 4 and National Geographic Channel, and was developed by Channel 4 and commissioned by Piers Wenger and Beth Willis. For Archery Pictures, executive producers are Liza Marshall and Kris Thykier. For National Geographic Channels, Carolyn G. Bernstein is executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production.