Jodie Comer's stirring drama Help has a release date

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Photo credit: Channel 4
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Channel 4 has revealed the release date for Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham's thought-provoking new drama series Help.

The series will launch on Channel 4 and 4OD on Thursday, September 16th at 9pm. Set in a fictional Liverpool care home, the drama tells the moving story of the relationship between a young care home worker (Jodie) and a patient (Stephen) whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in spring 2020.

Help has been created by BAFTA Award-winning writer Jack Thorne, known for writing acclaimed series National Treasure, The Virtues, Kiri, and His Dark Materials.

Killing Eve's Jodie also posted the release date on Instagram, and shared the message: "Pictured with the incomparable Stephen Graham, directed by Marc Munden and written by Jack Thorne. This was such a unique experience and one I know we all feel incredibly proud of. Thank you to all the wonderful people who shared their stories and to every member of the crew who made this possible - you showed me the true meaning of team work. X"

Jodie and Stephen previously starred on screen together in BBC One's compelling crime drama Good Cop with Warren Brown in 2012. Stephen persuaded his agent to sign Jodie after the series, with Jodie - a fellow Liverpudlian - thanking the actor for his support while receiving a BAFTA for her performance in Killing Eve in 2019.

While fans anticipate their reunion on screen, here's everything we know about Help so far...

The plot of Help

Set in a fictional Liverpool care home, the drama focuses on the relationship between a young care home worker and a patient, whose lives are changed forever by the onset of the coronavirus pandemic last spring.

Jodie plays carer Sarah, who has a gift for connecting with the residents, including one in particular, 47-year-old Tony, played by Stephen Graham. Tony has Young Onset Alzheimer, which has left him living out his days in care as his mind slowly deteriorates.

Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images
Photo credit: Mike Marsland - Getty Images

His illness causes periods of confusion and violent outbursts, which the other members of staff can't handle, but with Sarah he begins to build a real bond. Sarah's success at managing Tony and the other patients helps build her confidence and restore her self-belief.

Channel 4's synopsis reads: "Then March 2020 hits and everything Sarah has achieved is thrown into doubt with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. She and her colleagues tirelessly fight tooth and nail, ill-equipped, poorly prepared, and seemingly left helpless by the powers that be.

"A determined Sarah goes to extraordinary lengths to protect those in her care, whose conditions make their suffering and isolation all the more traumatic. But the staff’s unwavering commitment, compassion and heroic efforts can only do so much, and Sarah is pushed into a dark corner and desperately looks for a way out."

The cast of Help

Jodie Comer plays young carer Sarah, and Stephen Graham plays a resident, who has Young Onset Alzheimers. No further casting details have been announced yet.

“I am, of course, thrilled to finally be working alongside Stephen and the supremely talented Jack, Marc and those at Channel 4," Jodie said in a statement. "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. We’re determined to do justice to so many of the untold stories and heroes that have been affected as a result of this crisis and to handle them with care.”

The release date

Channel 4 says Help will launch on Thursday, September 16th, and will be available to stream 4OD after it has aired.

Help premieres on Channel 4 on Thursday, September 16th at 9pm.


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