THE Accident show boss says Grenfell cladding means ‘justice is failing’ and vows to shine a light on ‘corporate manslaughter’.
The new four-part Channel 4 drama begins tonight and is set in a fictional small Welsh town where a large construction project give residents hope the area will be regenerated.
But suddenly there is an explosion which causes a catastrophic collapse and numerous people dead, leaving grieving families demanding answers and justice.
Writer Jack Thorne knew the drama – which stars Sarah Lancashire – would look at the themes of class and justice, but it wasn’t until after the Grenfell Tower tragedy in June 2017 that the story really started to take shape.
While he doesn’t address the tower block fire directly, Jack told the Radio Times: “It felt like TV could tell a story, which was not looking at Grenfell directly, but by looking at another story around that, maybe we could do a bit of light shining.”
The nation was left shocked on June 14th 2017 when the 24-storey block of flats in West London went up in flames in a matter of hours because of flammable exterior cladding on the building.
While the official death toll stands at 71 – including entire families – The Grenfell Tower enquiry is still ongoing, and the subject of corporate manslaughter is still being discussed.
Jack said: “I’m a writer that poses questions, not gives answers. I don’t feel capable of doing that. I hope that by the end, there’s a sense of a thesis.
“But it’s not an easy thing. And the idea that you can single someone out to blame is very, very tricky.
“But at the same time, it’s also very clear that the judicial system hasn’t found a way to find the answers.
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“People do need justice. And justice leads to things improving.
“The fact that not all the Grenfell cladding has been taken down is really, really crucial, because it means that the companies that put the cladding up are not frightened enough to remove it.
“And that means that justice is failing.”