A new scripted drama series will go inside the world of the militant group ISIS, tracking the experiences of four British citizens who leave their lives behind to join the group in Syria.
National Geographic Channel and Britain’s Channel 4 announced plans today to collaborate on the four-part drama from writer/director Peter Kosminsky.
The fictional account, based on extensive research and first-hand accounts, is currently untitled. Produced by Archery Pictures, the project will premiere next year on Channel 4 in the UK and on the National Geographic Channel in the U.S. and the rest of the world.
Beth Willis, head of drama for Channel 4, said in the announcement: “After a year of extensive research, Peter has written a fascinating fictional story that sheds light on an unknown and unimaginable world. 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.”
Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president and head of global scripted development and production for Nat Geo, adds: “National Geographic has always been on the forefront of covering the complexities of war in our documentary features and series. 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.”
The announcement notes that Kosminsky’s most recent drama “Wolf Hall” earned a string of awards, including a Golden Globe for Best Television Series and a BAFTA for Best Drama Series as well as the Leading Actor BAFTA for Mark Rylance’s depiction of Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power through Henry VIII’s royal court.