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Sheridan Smith impressed viewers with an emotional performance in the first instalment of ITV's new lockdown-themed series Isolation Stories last night (4 May).
The four-part series was filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves, watched remotely by their directors via mobile phones. The directors gave advice to the actors and their family members about camera positioning, scene composition and lighting as they record the scenes.
The first 15-minute episode was filmed at heavily pregnant Sheridan's home and focuses on the pregnancy of her character, Mel.
Tonight’s episode of #IsolationStories: Mel, starring @Sheridansmith1.
Sheridan: “I play Mel who is in isolation on her own and is expecting a baby in three weeks... her situation is not ideal.”
Watch tonight at 9pm on ITV and @ITVHub: https://t.co/k98kxlfsG6 pic.twitter.com/198Q2WKNBb
— ITV (@ITV) May 4, 2020
Alone, heavily pregnant, and fed up with life, Mel faces having to go through birth without the married father of her child - who has chosen to stay with his wife and family - and without her own family, who have given her the cold shoulder.
The story follows Mel and she reaches out for help and finds it in an unexpected form, and ends with her finding hope and singing a poignant song to her baby bump.
Viewers were impressed by Sheridan's moving performance.
Sheridan Smith is one of our finest actors and tonight proved that. Even without a big budget her talent shines through. #IsolationStories
— Elliot Gonzalez (@elliot_gonzalez) May 4, 2020
Clever writing and beautifully performed by @Sheridansmith1 This is exactly what the lockdown emotional rollercoaster feels like. Well mine does anyway. I loved it and am already looking forward to the next one 🙌🏽 #isolationstories
— 🎬 Naz Ahmed 🎬 (@naz_1971) May 4, 2020
Very poignant, relevant and emotional short story! Well done to all involved #isolationstories
— Sarah Forrester (@fraugretel) May 4, 2020
#IsolationStories excellent. Sheridan Smith is superb as always.
— Gloria Everett (@a_swisshausfrau) May 4, 2020
Sheridan said of the short film: “I am heavily pregnant and have been isolating at home so I jumped at the chance to make a drama about the massive drama going on all around us right now. I think it's really important to try and reflect what's happening to us whilst it is still actually happening.”
Isolation stories continues from Tuesday to Thursday this week at 9pm on ITV.
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