Stephen Graham and Jodie Comer take to screens this night for hard-hitting and gruelling pandemic drama, Assist.

The Jack Thorne one-off present explores the connection between a care house employee Sarah (Comer) and Tony (Graham), who’s a affected person with Younger Onset Alzheimer’s.

Assist is ready in the course of the coronavirus pandemic, and appears on the devastating affect COVID had on care properties, their sufferers and their employees. With the virus sweeping via and hitting probably the most weak, Sarah and her colleagues should battle to save lots of their sufferers.

RadioTimes.com beforehand shared a first-look Assist trailer, displaying a snippet of the drama set to air tonight on Channel 4 – and in case you want any extra convincing, try our four-star Assist evaluate.

  • You’ll be able to hear Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham speaking to RT’s Jane Garvey on the Radio Instances Podcast

Learn on for all it’s essential find out about Assistance on Channel 4.

Assist launch date

Confirmed: Assistance will air on Channel 4 on Thursday sixteenth September at 9pm.

Assistance is a one-off, with a run-time of two hours.

Assist plot

The collection is predicated in a Liverpool care house and follows the connection between a younger employee, Sarah, and a affected person, Tony, particularly detailing the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on them.

The official synopsis reads: “Sarah is sensible, however she’s by no means fitted in, not in training and never in work. Her household informed her she’d by no means quantity to something however she unexpectedly finds her calling as a carer at Sunshine Houses. Sarah has a particular expertise for connecting with the residents, together with one particularly, 47-year-old Tony. Tony’s Younger Onset Alzheimer’s has left him residing out his days in care as his thoughts slowly deteriorates.

“His sickness causes durations of confusion and violent outbursts, which the opposite members of employees can’t deal with, however with Sarah he begins to construct an actual bond. Sarah’s success at managing Tony and the opposite sufferers helps construct her confidence and restore her self-belief.

“Then March 2020 hits and every little thing Sarah has achieved is thrown into doubt with the arrival of the Coronavirus pandemic. She and her colleagues tirelessly battle tooth and nail, ill-equipped, poorly ready, and seemingly left helpless by the powers that be.

“A decided Sarah goes to extraordinary lengths to guard these in her care, whose circumstances make their struggling and isolation all of the extra traumatic. However the employees’s unwavering dedication, compassion and heroic efforts can solely accomplish that a lot, and Sarah is pushed right into a darkish nook and desperately seems for a manner out.”

Author Jack Thorne has defined how he had been hoping to jot down one thing for Comer and Graham for some time however had been struggling for inspiration with the undertaking till not too long ago.

Jack Thorne

Jack Thorne

“About two years in the past Stephen Graham got here to me with an concept to jot down one thing for him and Jodie Comer,” he stated. “I attempted to consider one thing and received nothing.

“Then this disaster occurred, and we noticed care properties getting squashed and battered by the federal government. It has been each a protracted course of and a brief one, looking for a solution to inform this story, the wonderful factor has been sharing in figuring out the story with Stephen, Jodie, the wonderful Marc Munden, Beth Willis and everybody on the Forge and Channel 4.

“30,000 individuals have died unnecessarily in these care properties due to the indifference and incompetence of our authorities. Listening to the tales of these on the frontline, having individuals break down in tears on zoom in entrance of us has been extremely transferring and galling.

“Getting the story proper might be extremely vital, we’re conscious of the strain upon us, this must be written and made with anger and precision. We hope we do it justice.”

Comer has additionally defined how the undertaking got here to be, telling press in a Q&A forward of the June 2021 BAFTA TV Awards: “I very embarrassingly slid into Jack Thorne’s DMs, once I was on Twitter, and I informed him that I needed to work with him – like, simply straight up. He is nice, is not he? He is unbelievable. So I did that.

“After which concurrently, with out me even realizing – it should have been round that point – Stephen had received in contact with Jack and was like, ‘Jack will you write one thing for me and Jodie?’

“After which it simply grew to become this factor, and we received collectively, and we did a few workshops about what this piece could possibly be, after which we discovered a director in Mark Munden, and we filmed it earlier this yr in Liverpool.”

Assist solid

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Channel 4

The 2 main roles within the Assist solid are performed by Killing Eve star Jodie Comer and prolific movie and TV actor Stephen Graham, who has beforehand labored with Thorne on That is England and The Virtues.

On the announcement of the collection, Comer stated, “I’m, after all, thrilled to lastly be working alongside Stephen and the supremely gifted Jack, Marc and people at Channel 4.

“For us to have the ability to discover such a related and emotive story via the eyes of such fantastically actual characters, and in our house metropolis of Liverpool, is an actual honour.

“We’re decided to do justice to so most of the untold tales and heroes which were affected because of this disaster and to deal with them with care.”

And Graham added: “Jack is among the biggest and most truthful writers of our era and in Assist he has crafted a profoundly vital piece of social realism. I’ve needed to work with Jodie for ages, and collectively we’re vastly captivated with shining a light-weight on one of many largest tragedies of our time and the individuals on the coronary heart of it.”

Assist trailer

Sure, you may watch the trailer for Assist right here.

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