Robbie Coltrane’s return to the small screen draws 3m viewers, making it Channel 4’s third most watched programme of the year
Compelling new drama ‘National Treasure’ debuts on Channel 4 to universal acclaim from audiences and critics
Made with Investment from Screen Yorkshire’s Yorkshire Content Fund
BAFTA-winning writer Jack Thorne’s new drama National Treasure premiered on Channel 4 on Tuesday 20th September to unanimous acclaim from audiences and critics alike. The four part series starring the BAFTA winning actors Robbie Coltrane, Julie Walters and Andrea Riseborough, filmed extensively across the region as a result of investment from Screen Yorkshire at locations including Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, Harrogate, Scarborough and Hull.
Just over 3m viewers tuned in to watch Robbie Coltrane’s much anticipated return to the small screen, making it Channel 4’s third most watched programme of the year, after The Grand National and Googlebox.
”Robbie Coltrane is superb in this landmark drama” The Telegraph
BAFTA-winner Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter, Cracker, Tutti Frutti) plays Paul Finchley, one half of a much-loved comedy double act – a cherished household name with a career that spans several decades. He’s not quite as successful as he once was, but nevertheless he’s frequently recognised on the street, affectionately called upon by taxi drivers to repeat his famous catchphrase and is a familiar face in the TV schedules. He’s a bona fide national treasure. But, in the face of accusations of historic sexual offences from the 1990s, the life of this adored comedian begins to unravel.
I think it’s a great showcase for the talents, both of the actors and the writer, director, DoP. All of us involved in it are really proud of it. And I think it’s important to deal with these issues in some way and help people understand them. And hopefully to prevent it from happening again. Because you’re really doing it for the victims. A lot of people’s lives have been ruined by this kind of stuff. You have to do it right out of respect for them.
Says Robbie Coltrane, who stars in National Treasure.
Hugo Heppell, Head of Investments at Screen Yorkshire says: ‘‘’National Treasure’ tackles an issue that is still painfully current to many people across the country. That it dramatises and humanises Operation Yewtree with such sensitivity is testimony to the exceptional creative talent that has come together to make this show, and we at Screen Yorkshire feel privileged to be involved in bringing it to the screen.’’