Heavily pregnant star Sheridan Smith is leading the cast of a new ITV series called Isolation Stories – which will be filmed from actors’ homes during coronavirus quarantine.
The series of four short films, each 15 minutes long, aims to reflect on life in lockdown and what families are going through during this time.
Alongside Sheridan’s tale, other actors getting involved are: Robert Glenister (Life On Mars) and his son Tom; Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan) and his sons Blue and Bodie; Darren Boyd (Killing Eve), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street) and David Threlfall (Shameless).
The director of each story will be watching footage shot by the stars themselves via their mobile phones in order to tell the actors and their family members how to position cameras and set up scenes themselves.
Sheridan’s story will be simply called “Mel” and tracks a woman who is having to deal with being in lockdown alone while pregnant.
The father of the child, who is married, is unable to see her after opting to be with his wife and children instead, so now it’s a case of coming to terms with having to deal with having the child, and potentially raising it, alone.
‘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,’ Sheridan said of the announcement.
‘I think it’s really important to try and reflect what’s happening to us whilst it is still actually happening.’
In other stories, Robert and Tom Glenister will star in Ron and Russell, which tells the tale of a son who is stuck in isolation having to look after his father, who has been struck down with coronavirus.
Mike and Rochelle, starring Darren Boyd and Angela Griffin, will see a hypochondriac deal with his anxieties surrounding coronavirus via an online call with his therapist.
The final episode, Karen, will star Eddie Marsan, his sons, and David Threlfall, as a man who stops every day outside the window of his grandkids to make them smile with jokes. But meanwhile, his son-in-law is still reeling from his wife leaving him.
Isolation Stories is yet to be given an official release date by ITV.
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