Is Channel 4 drama Help based on a true story?

WOMAN of the moment Jodie Comer is making her way back to British TV for a Channel 4 series.

The much-sought-after actress has been riding high in Hollywood on the big screen, but now is returning to her roots – along with Stephen Graham – for a gripping drama called Help.

Is Help based on a true story?

The drama is written by BAFTA award-winning writer Jack Thorne who has teamed up with director Marc Munden.

Whilst the story is fictional, Help is based on the real events of 2020, with writer Jack telling Channel 4: “30,000 people have died unnecessarily in these care homes because of the indifference and incompetence of our government.

“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.”

What happens in Help?

The drama takes place in a fictional care home in Liverpool as the coronavirus pandemic begins to affect both its staff and patients.

The story focuses on Sarah (Jodie Comer), a young care worker who forms a bond with a 47-year-old patient Tony (Stephen Graham) who has early onset Alzheimers.

Her success in establishing a rapport with Tony helps build her confidence, and restores her self belief, but when the pandemic hits in March 2020 everything Sarah has achieved is thrown into doubt.

Help provides an insight into the struggles faced by care workers and patients across the country.

When is Help on TV?

This drama will run for two hours on Channel 4.

It is a one-off film, so no other episodes will follow.

You can catch it on Thursday September 16, 2021at 9pm on Channel 4.

If you miss it will be available to stream on All 4 after it has aired.


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