May 6, 2020

Oscar Nominee Brings First Of Its Kind 4-Part Series Filmed During Social DistancingNew Britbox Original Isolation Stories

Executive Produced And Written By Oscar-Nominee Jeff Pope Premiering In June

Limited Series Conceived As Reflection Of Life In Lockdown
Starring Sheridan Smith, Eddie Marsan And Darren Boyd

New York, NY  – BritBox, the streaming service from BBC Studios and ITV offering the largest collection of streaming British television in North America, announces a new original  Isolation Stories, a limited series reflecting what families are going through after weeks of isolation. This series marks the first production of its kind, during these times of social distancing. The series will debut in US and Canada exclusively on BritBox on June 23.

Produced by Oscar nominated writer and producer Jeff Pope(Philomena, A Confession), the four-episode event will feature a roster of top names including Sheridan Smith (Mrs. Biggs, Gavin & Stacey), Eddie Marsan (Ray Donovan, Little Dorrit), Angela Griffin (Coronation Street, Wild Bill), Darren Boyd (Killing Eve, Dirk Gently), David Threlfall (Shameless, Ripper Street), Michael Jibson (Quiz, 1917), Leanne Best (Line of Duty, Cold Feet), Philip Jackson (Poirot, The Good Karma Hospital), Robert Glenister (Hustle, Law & Order: UK) and his son Tom Glenister (Vera, Doc Martin).

Isolation Stories was assembled under conditions that production companies have never had to tackle before,” said BritBox President Soumya Sriraman. “It’s a testament to the innovative spirit of our partners at ITV Studios and we look forward to sharing it with our viewers, many of whom are likely facing similar situations that run the gauntlet of emotions.”

“Sometimes all we have left is storytelling. I wanted to try and add the voice of writers, actors and directors to the crisis engulfing the world, to hold up a mirror to families living in isolation and to reflect what we were going through,” stated Executive Producer Jeff Pope. “These stories were written in just days and then filmed in the most challenging conditions ever faced by drama crews – but in an amazing spirit of togetherness actors and technicians came together to create these stunning short films.

We were never in the same room together and all the filming was carried out by the actors’ families, but the results were astonishing and will live long in the memory of those involved.”

The series was filmed observing the strict rules of lockdown with actors and their families filming the scenes themselves, guided remotely by an array of acclaimed directors including Paul Whittington (The Crown, Hatton Garden,), Paul Andrew Williams (A Confession, Broadchurch), Louise Hooper (Flesh & Blood, Colby Street) and David Blair (The Street, Accused). The team watched footage via their laptops giving advice to the actors and their family members about camera positioning, scene composition and lighting. International distribution of Isolation Stories is handled by ITV Studios.

BritBox is available for $6.99 per month—after an introductory free trial period—on Roku®, Apple TV 4th Gen, Samsung, LG and all iOS and Android devices, AirPlay, Chromecast, and online at BritBox is also available on Amazon Channels for Prime members and on Apple TV Channels on supported devices.

About BritBox

BritBox is a digital video subscription service offering the largest collection of British TV in the U.S. and Canada.  Created by two British content powerhouses—BBC Studios, the subsidiary arm of the BBC, and ITV, the UK’s biggest commercial broadcaster—the service features iconic favorites, exclusive premieres, and current series and soaps—most available within 24 hours after their UK premiere.  BritBox also offers expert curation and playlists that enable fans to easily find programs they know and discover new favorites via the web, mobile, tablet and connected TVs.