BBC to film new drama focusing on dementia care starring Sheridan Smith

The BBC is all set to film a 90 minute drama written by celebrated screenwriter Jimmy McGovern and Gillian Juckes, whose own life experiences provided the i​nspiration for the story.

Care will tell the story of Jenny, a mother-of-two raising her girls alone after the departure of her husband Dave. Her one lifeline is Mary, her widowed mother, whose help with childcare allows Jenny to hold down her full-time job at the supermarket. When Mary suffers a devastating stroke and develops dementia, Jenny’s world comes crashing down and everything changes for her and her sister Claire.

Finding herself torn between her own life and the wellbeing of her mother, Jenny soon discovers that another way could be possible - but she’ll have to fight for it.

Starring Sheridan Smith (Cilla, The Moorside) as Jenny, and Alison Steadman (Gavin and Stacey, Hold the Sunset) as Mary, the drama will also feature Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue, Being Human) as Jenny's sister Claire.

"It’s always an honour to work with Jimmy McGovern, here joining forces with Gillian Juckes on her first script for a television drama. They tell a truly remarkable story of one woman's battle to get the best care for her mother.

The cast, led by the wonderful Sheridan Smith, will portray this poignant story with the warmth and gravitas it deserves."

Piers Wenger

Controller of BBC Drama

Filming for Care is set to take place in Liverpool imminently, with no air date currently announced.

McGovern, who is the writer behind Broken and The Accused, said:
"A great cast, a wonderful director and a superb co-writer! I'm really looking forward to making this."

Juckes added: "It has been a great experience working with Jimmy and a wonderful opportunity to write about a subject very close to my heart."

Jimmy McGovern, co-writer of BBC dementia drama, Care

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