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ITV reveals casting for new Isolation Stories series about life in lockdown

The series consists of four dramas, which are each 15 minutes long.

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Eddie Marsan (David Parry/PA)

Eddie Marsan (David Parry/PA)

Eddie Marsan (David Parry/PA)

ITV has revealed that Eddie Marsan, Robert Glenister and Sheridan Smith are among the actors who will star in a new series of dramas about life in lockdown.

The Isolation Stories series, which is produced by Oscar-nominated Stan & Ollie writer Jeff Pope, will attempt to depict what families are going through after weeks of isolation.

The four episodes, which will each be 15 minutes long, will feature moments that are “funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant”, according to ITV.

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***STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2020***CASTING REVEALED FOR NEW ITV DRAMAS, ISOLATION STORIES, REFLECTING LIFE IN LOCKDOWNSheridan Smith, Robert Glenister, Tom Glenister, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and his sons Blue and Bodie, will appear in new ITV commission, Isolation Stories, a series of four short dramas depicting life in lockdown.Produced by Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, and his factual drama label at ITV Studios, each episode will be 15 minutes in duration and will reflect what families are going through after weeks of isolation.Assembled in conditions the production company has never faced before and written and directed by an award-winning team, the series will air during the UK’s lockdown period and feature moments that are funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant. Pictured:JEFF POPE in his garden office where he is overseeing the production.Photographer Max Pope

***STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2020***CASTING REVEALED FOR NEW ITV DRAMAS, ISOLATION STORIES, REFLECTING LIFE IN LOCKDOWNSheridan Smith, Robert Glenister, Tom Glenister, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and his sons Blue and Bodie, will appear in new ITV commission, Isolation Stories, a series of four short dramas depicting life in lockdown.Produced by Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, and his factual drama label at ITV Studios, each episode will be 15 minutes in duration and will reflect what families are going through after weeks of isolation.Assembled in conditions the production company has never faced before and written and directed by an award-winning team, the series will air during the UK’s lockdown period and feature moments that are funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant. Pictured:JEFF POPE in his garden office where he is overseeing the production.Photographer Max Pope

***STRICTLY EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 WEDNESDAY 22ND APRIL 2020***CASTING REVEALED FOR NEW ITV DRAMAS, ISOLATION STORIES, REFLECTING LIFE IN LOCKDOWNSheridan Smith, Robert Glenister, Tom Glenister, Darren Boyd, Angela Griffin, David Threlfall, Eddie Marsan and his sons Blue and Bodie, will appear in new ITV commission, Isolation Stories, a series of four short dramas depicting life in lockdown.Produced by Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, and his factual drama label at ITV Studios, each episode will be 15 minutes in duration and will reflect what families are going through after weeks of isolation.Assembled in conditions the production company has never faced before and written and directed by an award-winning team, the series will air during the UK’s lockdown period and feature moments that are funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant. Pictured:JEFF POPE in his garden office where he is overseeing the production.Photographer Max Pope

Other actors featuring in the series are Shameless star David Threlfall, Coronation Street’s Angela Griffin, Marsan’s sons Blue and Bodie, and Glenister’s son Tom.

Each instalment of the programme will be made under lockdown conditions, with actors and their families filming the scenes while watched remotely by directors.

Pope, whose wife contracted coronavirus, is the executive producer of the series, while Tom Dunbar, Gaby Chiappe, Neil McKay and William Ivory have each written an episode.

The episodes have been filmed in conditions the production company “has never faced before”, according to ITV.

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