Spoiler alert: Contains details from the plot
Sarah Lancashire’s new drama Kiri has received very good reviews, but some social workers are less impressed about how their profession was portrayed.
The four-part Channel 4 series focuses on the social worker Miriam Grayson and nine years of age, Kiri, who disappears on a visit without supervision she organizes.
But some said they were “disappointed” in the aspects of its plot.
Channel 4 said that the “extensive research experience”, was carried out and that the social workers were consulted.
Kiri, written by Jack Thorne – who was also behind Robbie Coltrane’s National Treasure – it was also accused of failing to portray social work in a positive light.
In it, Miriam – played by Happy Valley actress of Lancashire – is to see to drink early in the morning before driving, pay a casual visit to a previous client and take your dog to work.
He then takes Kiri of their adoptive parents to visit their grandparents before their adoption. But while I was there, she is kidnapped by her biological father.
Consultant social worker Ingrid Richardson asked the broadcasters to make television dramas on social work “by showing positive stories, relationships, and the results are real, they happen.”
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Some also commented that Miriam would have been fired.
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However, some also argued that it was not intended to be representative of the facts, of the reality of social work.
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A Channel 4 spokesman said Kiri was a “complex and entirely fictional” drama, with “fully drawn, three dimensional figures, each with their own faults and personal difficulties”.
He said: “The drama explores, among other topics, the great pressures placed upon social workers and the very difficult job to do.
“The wide experience of research was conducted to ensure that the themes explored in the drama were accurately and authentically depicted and the social workers, the different departments within the police and charitable organisations were all consulted during the writing of screenplay and development of the stages”.’Fascinating’ drama
Critics were impressed by the first episode.
Chitra Ramaswamy, writing in The Guardian, said it was “beautifully observed and not-as-grim as expected.”
“Kiri is full of clever scenes that gently unravel the complicated tangle of intersectional issues such as race, class, social assistance, without putting in danger to starve,” he said.
The Telegraph’s Patrick Smith gave four stars, praising Jack Thorne “nuances” of the writing.
“It was fascinating,” he said with enthusiasm. “Far from relying on soothing moral platitudes, Thorne, the script was a complex study of the human frailty, concerned with the breeding difficult but vital questions.”
Christopher Stevens will be awarded the same nominal value in the Daily Mail, saying: Felicia Mukusa played Kiri with insurance “aplomb”.
Sarah Lancashire in the role of Miriam is going to “boost its national directorate of the treasury of the state,” Ellie Harrison predicted in the Radio Times, adding that she has “great lines”.
“Thorne is one of the most thought-provoking playwrights in the country,” he added. ‘The oozing of empathy’
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) said he hopes that at the end of the series, “Kiri, have been represented of the profession and protection of the childhood in a nuanced”.
A BASW spokesperson said that some of Miriam’s behavior, such as drinking on the job and take your dog to work, were not “particularly credible”.
However, the spokesman added: “on the other hand, the program brings to life the complexity around risk and risk-taking in terms of the decisions that social workers have to do.
“Perhaps this will become a smart narrative, because instead of getting to the barren, wooden version of a social worker that many of the soaps faithfully churn out, Channel 4 seem to be heading the other way in that it represents Mary as the oozing empathy from every pore.”
He said that he was going to see the rest of the series to see how the plot develops,” noting that he has a “great human interest of the story where the central character is on full display, with all its defects”.
“You can open the doors to more (hopefully accurate and realistic) of the dramas on the social work with stories that capture the imagination of the population, perhaps acting as a catalyst for many others”, he added.
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