Toxic Town

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Toxic Town
Written byJack Thorne
Directed byMinkie Spiro
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes4
Executive producers
ProducerDelyth Scudamore
Running time60 minutes
Production company
  • Broke & Bones
Original release

Toxic Town is an upcoming British drama television series, written by Jack Thorne. It follows the story of three mothers involved in the Corby toxic waste case.

The four-part series is expected to premiere on Netflix.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1TBAMinkie SpiroJack ThorneTBA
2TBAMinkie SpiroJack ThorneTBA
3TBAMinkie SpiroJack Thorne and Amy TriggTBA
4TBAMinkie SpiroJack ThorneTBA


In August 2023, it was announced that Netflix had commissioned a four-part series written by Jack Thorne and based on the 2009 Corby poisonings and the subsequent environmental court case, dubbed in some quarters as "the British Erin Brockovich".[1] Thorne said that Toxic Town would focus on "these funny, brave, incredible women and the way they scrapped for their children".[2] The series is produced by Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones' production company Broke & Bones with Minkie Spiro as director and Amy Trigg as co-writer of the third episode.[3]


In August 2023, Jodie Whittaker, Aimee Lou Wood, Robert Carlyle, Rory Kinnear, Toby Eden and Brendan Coyle were confirmed in the cast.[4] Claudia Jessie, Joe Dempsie, and Michael Socha joined the cast in September.[5] In December 2023, Lauren Lyle joined the cast.[6]


The production began under an Equity union contract so fell outside the 2023 actors' strike.[7] Principal photography on the project started in September 2023.[8] Filming took place in Breightmet, in Bolton that month.[9] Filming also took place in Stockport, Holmfirth,[10] Liverpool,[11] and Manchester.[12]


The series is expected to be broadcast on Netflix in 2024.[13]


  1. ^ Goldbart, Max (10 August 2023). "'Toxic Town': Netflix Greenlights Jack Thorne-Penned Corby Poisonings Series Starring Aimee Lou Wood, Jodie Whittaker, Robert Carlyle". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  2. ^ "Corby toxic waste scandal to become Netflix drama". BBC News. 11 August 2023. Retrieved 18 August 2023.
  3. ^ Kemp, Ellie (10 August 2023). "Netflix announces 'elite' cast for latest drama including Doctor Who and Sex Education stars". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  4. ^ Anderton, Joe (10 August 2023). "Doctor Who's Jodie Whittaker to star in new Netflix drama on Corby poisonings". Digital Spy. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  5. ^ Goldbart, Max (18 September 2023). "'Bridgerton's Claudia Jessie Boards Netflix Series 'Toxic Town' Alongside Joe Dempsie & Michael Socha". Deadline. Retrieved 19 September 2023.
  6. ^ Goldbart, Max (12 December 2023). "'Outlander' Star Lauren Lyle Boards Netflix's 'Toxic Town'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 13 December 2023.
  7. ^ Remley, Hilary (10 August 2023). "Netflix's 'Toxic Town' Casts 'Sex Education,' 'Doctor Who' Stars". Collider. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  8. ^ Cronin, Kate (10 August 2023). "Major new Netflix series Toxic Town, about Corby's toxic waste scandal, to star Robert Carlyle, Jodie Whittaker and Brendan Coyle". Northants Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2023.
  9. ^ Harrison, Zach (15 September 2023). "Toxic Town filming takes place in Breighmet estate and pub". The Bolton News. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  10. ^ Robinson, Andrew (26 September 2023). "New Netflix drama Toxic Town starring Jodie Whittaker being filmed in Huddersfield village". Huddersfield Examiner. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  11. ^ Haygarth, Dan (4 September 2023). "New Netflix drama 'Toxic Town' spotted filming in city centre". Liverpool Echo. Retrieved 28 November 2023.
  12. ^ Maidment, Adam (24 April 2024). ". Jodie Whittaker seen filming scenes for new Netflix show in Greater Manchester". Manchester Evening News. Retrieved 24 April 2024.
  13. ^ Heritage, Stuart; Abbott, Kate (28 December 2023). "'Guaranteed to be a banger': the 50 must-see TV shows for 2024". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2023.

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