Sheridan Smith to star in a new BBC drama Care dealing with dementia

Sheridan Smith will soon be on location in Liverpool shooting a new BBC drama written by Jimmy McGovern which tackles the issue of dementia care

The ever-busy Sheridan Smith has signed-up to star in a new BBC drama Care, as a single mum Jenny raising her two daughters after her husband Dave leaves the family.

In the 90-minute drama, written by Jimmy McGovern, Jenny relies on the help of her widowed mum Mary (played by Alison Steadman) too look after the girls while she is working full-time at a local supermarket in Liverpool. But everything falls apart for Jenny and her sister Claire (played by Little Boy Blue's Sinead Keenan) when Mary has a stroke and develops dementia...

“A great cast, a wonderful director and a superb co-writer!" says Jimmy McGovern. "I'm really looking forward to making this.”

The drama is based on the real-life experiences of co-writer Gillian Juckes.

Piers Wenger, Controller of BBC Drama adds: “It’s always an honour to work with Jimmy McGovern, here joining forces with Gillian Juckes on her first script for a television drama. Together 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.”

Safe begins filming soon and will be shown on BBC 1 at a later date

Simon Timblick

Simon has long been a fan of soap operas, and especially loves OVER-THE-TOP plots involving evil twins, hair-pulling catfights and natural disasters.

Anyone remember the Sunset Beach earthquake/tidal wave?

Or when Krystle Carrington got locked in the attic and replaced by look-a-like Rita in Dynasty?!

Simon has written for a variety of TV and childrens’ magazines/websites including Inside Soap, Nickelodeon, What’s On TV, Radio Times, Metro, Girl Talk, Disney Girl, Toxic! and Digital Spy.

He has reported LIVE from the red carpet at The British Soap Awards interviewing glammed-up stars from soapland, and hosted a Facebook LIVE session for Metro with Home and Away legend Ray Meagher (Alf "Stone the flamin' crows!" Stewart) to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Aussie soap.

Simon is also co-author of The Treasures Of Coronation Street (Carlton Books)

And the writer and director of (very!) low budget fright flick, Midsummer Night's EVIL and the sequel webisodes series, The Hatchet Woods HORROR.