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Jeff Pope and other UK writers to pen Isolation Stories short drama series for ITV

Story by Jack Foley

OSCAR-nominated writer and producer is to unite with fellow UK writers to pen a series of lockdown-related short dramas for ITV.

Isolation Stories will be produced by Pope’s Factual Drama label and will be comprised of four 15 minute episodes.

The cast is yet to be announced but each episode will reflect what families are going through after weeks of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will feature moments that are funny, sad, heart-warming and poignant.

Pope is executive producing the series along with Tom Dunbar (A Confession) and has also written one of the episodes. Gaby Chiappe (The Level), Neil McKay (The Moorside, Appropriate Adult) and William Ivory (Torvill & Dean, Burton and Taylor) have each written one episode.

Paul Whittington (White House Farm, Little Boy Blue) and Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Broadchurch) will each direct an episode.

The series will be filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves, watched remotely by the directors.

Pope commented: “Like everybody else I have been isolating at home, and in my case watching my wife suffering badly with the virus. I wanted to do something to catch the mood. I knew it would be very difficult to try and shoot dramas in these circumstances, but I felt the public would understand if things were a little rough and ready, if we at least had a go.”

The series was commissioned by ITV’s head of drama, Polly Hill, who also commented: “It’s amazing that Jeff has managed to make these short films so quickly, to reflect the times we are living in. These are moving and funny tales of isolation with an incredibly talented team on and off screen. They are stories told from isolation to an audience in isolation.

“It’s not often drama can be made this quickly so huge thanks to everyone involved in making this happen and I hope they bring some joy to the audience, in what we know are difficult times.”

Isolation Stories will air in the coming weeks on ITV and will be distributed internationally by ITV Studios.