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Sheridan Smith, Robert Glenister, Angela Griffin and more to star in ITV's Isolation Stories

These 15-minute dramas, produced by writer and producer Jeff Pope, will depict life in lockdown.

Each of the four short dramas will reflect what families are going through after weeks of isolation and filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves watched remotely by the directors.

Each of the directors; Paul Whittington, Paul Andrew Williams, Louise Hooper and David Blair will watch footage via their mobile phones and give advice to the actors and their family members about camera positioning, scene composition and lighting as they record the scenes.

As well as Sheridan Smith, Robert Glenister and Angela Griffin, Tom Glenister, Darren Boyd, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and his sons Blue and Bodie will also star in Isolation Stories which will air during the UK’s lockdown period and feature moments that are funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant.

In Mel (Monday 4th May), which has been written by Gaby Chiappe, Sheridan Smith stars as a heavily pregnant woman who's alone and fed up with life. Mel faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child, who has chosen to stay with his wife and family and also without her own family, who have given her the cold shoulder.

She might be the only person in the country who doesn’t mind isolation. At least everyone else will understand what it’s like to be miserable.

Speaking about Mel, Sheridan said "I am heavily pregnant and have been isolating at home so I jumped at the chance to make a drama about the massive drama going on all around us right now. I think it's really important to try and reflect what's happening to us whilst it is still actually happening."

In Ron and Russell (Tuesday 5th May), written by Jeff Pope, Robert Glenister stars as Ron, who's ill with the virus and confused about where he is and what’s happening to him. Roberts actor son Tom Glenister plays one of Ron's sons Russell who is trapped and isolating with him.

Their relationship is already strained and old wounds are reopened as they are forced to spend all their time together. As he tries to help Ron through the illness, Russell becomes increasingly frantic.

In Mike and Rochelle (Wednesday 6th May), written by William Ivory, Darren Boyd plays paranoid, self-absorbed hypochondriac Mike whose worst fears have come true. There is an unstoppable virus that affects us all, and you can catch it just by breathing!

He insists on an online session with his psychiatrist Rochelle, played by Angela Griffin, who must try and talk him down from the precipice. But who really is the patient, and who is the shrink?

In Karen (Thursday 7th May), written by Neil McKay, David Threlfall plays a grandad who resolves to bring his broken family together by... being a grandad. Able to pass by his son-in-law’s house on the way to the grocery store, he stops off outside their window to lark about and make his grandkids smile.

But his son-in-law, played by Eddie Marsan, is still suffering after his wife Karen left him and doesn’t welcome these daily visits. Grandad's grandchildren are played by Eddie Marsan's real sons Blue and Bodie.

Isolation Stories will air over four consecutive nights from Monday 4th May at 9pm on ITV


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