Thursday, August 10, 2023

Netflix Orders 4-Part Limited Series 'Toxic Town' Starring Aimee Lou Wood, Jodie Whittaker and Robert Carlyle

Netflix has today given a series order to the original limited series Toxic Town depicting the United Kingdom's biggest environmental scandal, the Corby poisonings. Production on the 4-part series will begun later this month.

The series will follow the tragic toxic waste case in the East Midlands and three mothers' fight for justice. Following the closure of one of the largest steelworks in Europe in the mid-1980s, the council demolished the site as part of a program of urban regeneration, which involved transporting waste through populated areas via open lorries. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the rates of upper limb defects in babies born in Corby were subsequently found to be three times higher than those of children born in the surrounding area, and 18 families filed a lawsuit that eventually ended up victorious in the UK's High Court in 2009. A settlement was reached a year later.

The series will star Aimee Lou Wood, Jodie Whittaker, Robert Carlyle, Rory Kinnear and Brendan Coyle.

Jack Thorne (His Dark Materials) created the series. He will executive produce with Charlie Brooker, Annabel Jones and director Minkie Spiro. Broke & Bones will produce.

Production will not break the guidelines of the current SAG-AFTRA strike as the show and its performers fall under an Equity contract.