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ITV Announces New Crime Drama From Director Of The Stranger Starring Sheridan Smith

ITV Announces New Crime Drama From Director Of The Stranger Starring Sheridan Smith

A new crime drama from one of the directors of The Stranger is set to hit our screens.

No Return centres around an idyllic family holiday to Turkey which turns into a living nightmare for Kathy, played by Sheridan Smith, and her husband Martin when their 16-year-old son is accused of a serious crime.

Together the couple are left desperately fighting for his freedom.

The official synopsis reads: "Looking forward to an all-inclusive luxury break to enjoy the sun and sea with the family, Kathy and Martin, their son Noah and younger daughter Jess are blissfully unaware of the horrific ordeal about to unfold.

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Sheridan Smith will star in the new dram. Credit: Andy Hughes
Sheridan Smith will star in the new dram. Credit: Andy Hughes

"The holiday is a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some much-needed family time. Until unsuspecting Noah accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party from a fellow holidaymaker, Rosie, who is staying at the same hotel, and Kathy and Martin's world spectacularly falls apart.

"An arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers to come to their aid leaves the distraught parents fighting for Noah's freedom when ironically he should be at school sitting his latest exams."

Hannah Quinn, who directed three episodes of Netflix's The Stranger, will direct the new series. Danny Brocklehurst (The Stranger, Brassic, Shameless) will pen the script.

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Richard Fee (Safe, The Stranger) and Nicola Shindler (Years and Years, Happy Valley) will serve as producers.

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Speaking about the upcoming series, Sheridan Smith said she was excited to tell such a 'complex story'.

She said: "I'm such a big fan of Danny Brocklehurst and Red Production, they make incredible dramas. I was thrilled to be asked to play Kathy in this exciting production and to be at ITV again. Can't wait to start filming on this thrilling, complex story about [a] family finding their way through a terrifying situation."

Nicola Shindler will produce the series. Credit: PA
Nicola Shindler will produce the series. Credit: PA
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Producer Nicola Shindler said: "I am really pleased to be working on another powerful script from Danny Brocklehurst that combines an exciting, thrilling storyline with characters an audience will recognise in extremely challenging circumstances."

While ITV's head of drama Polly Hill added: "This is a brilliant script about a family who are out of their depth, in a legal system they don't understand, trying to save their son. Danny finds such emotional truth in the characters and their nightmare holiday, that it's utterly compelling from start to finish.

"I'm delighted to be working with Danny and Nicola again, on what promises to be a very special drama for ITV."

No Return will begin filming in the summer of 2021.

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