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Director: Paul Whittington (White House Farm, Little Boy Blue), Louise Hooper (Flesh and Blood, Cheat), Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Broadchurch), David Blair (Accused, Common, Care).

Producer: Tom Dunbar (A Confession), Matthew Bird (The Street, Death In Paradise, Anna Karenina, Fortitude, The Musketeers)

Executive Producer: Jeff Pope (A Confession, Philomena, Little Boy Blue, Stan & Ollie)

Writer: Jeff Pope (A Confession, Philomena, Little Boy Blue, Stan & Ollie), Gaby Chiappe (Misbehaviour, The Level, Shetland, Vera, Their Finest), Neil McKay (The Moorside, Appropriate Adult, Mo), Billy Ivory (Made In Dagenham, The Invisibles, Women In Love, Truckers)    

Cast: Sheridan Smith (Cleaning Up, Cilla, Mrs Biggs, The Moorside, Care, Gavin & Stacey), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Fast & Furious, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Sherlock Holmes), David Threlfall (Shameless, Hot Fuzz, Master & Commander), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve, The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Fortitude), Angela Griffin (Harlots, Wild Bill, Coronation Street, Midsomer Murders, Turn Up Charlie), Robert Glenister (Cormoran Strike, Cold Feet, Doctor Who, Spooks), Tom Glenister (Vera, Doc M

Genres: Drama

Demographics: All audiences

People: Angela Griffin (Harlots, Anna Karenina, Appropriate Adult, Billy Ivory (Made In Dagenham, Broadchurch), Care)., Cheat), Cilla, Cold Feet, Common, Coronation Street, Darren Boyd (Killing Eve, David Blair (Accused, David Threlfall (Shameless, Death In Paradise), Doc Martin, Doctor Who, Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Fast & Furious, Fortitude, Gaby Chiappe (Misbehaviour, Gavin & Stacey), Hot Fuzz, Jeff Pope (A Confession, Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, Little Boy Blue), Louise Hooper (Flesh and Blood, Master & Commander), Matthew Bird (The Street, Midsomer Murders, Mo), Mrs Biggs, Neil McKay (The Moorside, Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Paul Whittington (White House Farm, Philomena, Robert Glenister (Cormoran Strike, Sheridan Smith (Cleaning Up, Sherlock Holmes), Shetland, Spooks), Stan & Ollie), The Invisibles, The Level, The Moorside, The Musketeers), The Personal History Of David Copperfield, Their Finest), Tom Dunbar (A Confession), Tom Glenister (Vera, Truckers)    , Turn Up Charlie), Unahallowed Ground), Vera, Wild Bill, Women In Love

Isolation Stories

ITV Studios
4 x 15 mins

A Coronavirus special: four short-form episodes depciting four didferent stories about modern isolation situations due to the pandemic, portrayed by a star cast filming themselves in their own real-life lockdown environment, playing scripted and fictional characters loosely based on their actual isolation experiences and predicaments. The series will be 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 be watching footage via their mobile phones and giving advice to the actors and their family members about camera positioning and lighting as they record the scenes.

The episodes:

Sheridan Smith (Cleaning Up, Cilla, Mrs Biggs) stars in the first episode entitled Mel, written by Gaby Chiappe (The Level) and directed by Paul Whittington (White House Farm, Little Boy Blue). Alone, heavily pregnant, and fed up with life, Mel (Sheridan Smith) faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child - who has chosen to stay with his wife and family - and 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…

"Ron and Russell"
Robert Glenister and his actor son, Tom Glenister, appear in Ron and Russell written by Jeff Pope and directed by Louise Hooper (Flesh and Blood, Cheat). A father (Robert Glenister) is critically ill with the virus and his son Russell (Tom Glenister), trapped and isolating with him, becomes increasingly frantic as he tries to help him through the illness. Soon, he has a difficult decision to make.

"Mike and Rochelle"
Darren Boyd (Fortitude, Killing Eve) and Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, Harlots) appear in Mike and Rochelle written by Billy Ivory and directed by Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Broadchurch). The worst fears of paranoid, self-absorbed hypochondriac Mike (Darren Boyd) 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 (Angela Griffin) who must try and talk him down from the precipice. But who really is the patient, and who is the shrink?

Eddie Marsan, his sons Blue and Brodie, and David Threlfall star in Karen written by Neil McKay and directed by David Blair. A grandad (David Threlfall) 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 play about and make his grandkids smile. But his son-in-law Steven (Eddie Marsan), still suffering after his wife Karen left him, doesn’t welcome these daily visits. Events build to a climactic confrontation.

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