ITV has commissioned a series of four short dramas from Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope, inspired by true stories and reflecting life in lockdown across the country.
Isolation Stories, produced by Pope’s Factual Drama label, part of ITV Studios, will feature a stellar cast,to be announced shortly, and comprise of four 15 minute episodes.
Each episode, written by award-winning screenwriters, and assembled in conditions that the production team has never faced before, will reflect what families are going through after weeks of lockdown, featuring moments that are funny, sad, heartwarming and poignant.
Jeff Pope is executive producing the series along with Tom Dunbar and has also written one of the episodes. Gaby Chiappe , Neil McKay and William Ivory have each written one episode.
Paul Whittington and Paul Andrew Williams 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.
Executive Producer Jeff Pope said:
“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.”