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Channel 4’s new drama, Help, featuring Award-Winning actress Jodie Comer, premiered on September, 16, evening, after a highly anticipated wait.
The moving show was written by the critically acclaimed Jack Thorne, who has notably worked on the popular fantasy drama, His Dark Materials.
Help tells the emotional story of a young worker named Sarah – played by Jodie comer – and her patient Tony – played by Stephen Graham – in a Liverpool care home called Bright Sky Homes.
Tony is 47-year-old and suffers from Young Onset Alzheimer’s which causes periods of both confusion and violent outburst.
As other care home workers struggle with Tony's harsh symptoms, Sarah forms a special bond with him instead.
Nevertheless, she is put to the test in “in horrific circumstances as the COVID-19 pandemic hits."
How many episodes of Help on Channel 4 are there?
As Help is a “one-off episode series”, this means that there is only one episode. The episode aired last night, on September 16th, as a feature film for two hours.
Jack Thorne admitted during an interview with Pilot TV that he had hoped to bring awareness towards care home workers and patients and what they went through at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said: “One of the things telly does really well is it brings you into a situation, and asks you to question it.
“And I think serious questions need to be asked about what sort of social care we want.
“We've got a population getting older. We've got a lot of vulnerable people. We do not value our care system — and this pandemic proved it.”
How to watch it if you missed it
Jack Thorne may have never written Help if George Faber, who runs The Forge, the TV company who made this show, had not brought the tragedies occurring in care homes during the pandemic to Jack's attention.
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“I didn't really want to write a Covid drama,” Jack said. “But then the more stuff I read, the more important it seemed to be,” he added.
Help is available for streaming on Channel 4’s All4 platform. The run time, including adverts, is just over two hours.
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