Jodie Comer will play a care home worker in the Channel 4 drama (Picture: Tibrina Hobson/FilmMagic)
The 120-minute drama, called Help, will see Killing Eve actor Jodie play Sarah, who works at a care home called Sunshine Homes.
While working at the care home, Sarah forms a special connection with a resident named Tony (Stephen), a 47-year-old man with young onset Alzheimer’s.
The film will show Sarah and her colleagues struggling to cope in the wake of the pandemic in spring 2020, the care home workers ‘ill-equipped’ and ‘poorly prepared’ for the impact of the outbreak.
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According to Channel 4, Sarah will be depicted going to ‘extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care, whose conditions make their suffering and isolation all the more traumatic’.
Jodie, 27, who was born in Liverpool, said it is a ‘real honour’ to be a part of the production, which is due to start filming next year.
Stephen Graham will play a resident at the care home with young onset Alzheimer’s (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
‘For us to be able to explore such a relevant and emotive story through the eyes of such beautifully real characters, and in our home city of Liverpool, is a real honour,’ she said.
‘We’re determined to do justice to so many of the untold stories and heroes that have been affected as a result of the crisis and to handle them with care.’
‘Jack is one of the greatest and most truthful writers of our generation and in Help he has crafted a profoundly important piece of social realism,’ Stephen stated.
‘I’ve wanted to work with Jodie for ages, and together we’re hugely passionate about shining a light on one of the biggest tragedies of our time and the people at the heart of it.’
Jack explained that he was approached by Stephen around two years ago, as the actor was interested in acting in a production alongside Jodie.
‘I tried to think of something and got nothing. Then this crisis happened, and we saw care homes getting squashed and battered by the government,’ Jack said.
The writer said it’s been ‘both a long process and a short one’ trying to find a way to tell this particular story.
‘30,000 people have died unnecessarily in these care homes because of the indifference and incompetence of our government,’ he said.
‘Hearing the stories of those at the frontline, having people break down in tears on Zoom in front of us has been incredibly moving and galling.
‘Getting the story right will be incredibly important, we are aware of the pressure upon us, this has to be written and made with anger and precision. We hope we do it justice.’
Caroline Hollick, Head of Channel 4 Drama, said the film will ‘shine an unflinching light on the terrible events of 2020 through telling us a compelling, heart-wrenching relationship story’.
Filming for Help is due to commence in 2021.
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