Jodie Comer's New TV Drama 'Help' Is Getting Incredible Reviews

© Amy Sussman – Getty Images Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham star in a powerful drama about the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic that airs tonight on Channel 4

A moving new drama will air on Channel 4 tonight, starring our favourite Liverpudlians Jodie Comer and Stephen Graham.

Here’s everything you need to know about Help:

The two-hour drama is written by Jack Thorne, known for his BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, and tells the story of a fictional Liverpool care home at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

© Channel 4 Jodie comer help

Who are the cast of Help?

Help stars two Liverpudlian giants of the acting world, Jodie Comer who we know as the abominable force Villanelle in Killing Eve, and Stephen Graham who recently stared in the gritty BBC prison drama Time.

© Amy Sussman – Getty Images Jodie Comer stars in Channel 4 drama Help

Comer plays Sarah who starts a new job at a care home in Liverpool. With no GCSEs and little work experience, she shows that personality, resilience and kindness are the most important skillset for this sector.

Stephen Graham plays Tony, a 47-year-old resident with early onset Alzheimer’s. Though he appears to be relatively healthy and quick-witted, as the days go on his mental state deteriorates amid the backdrop of the unfolding pandemic.

What’s the story?

The drama explores the impact of Covid-19 on care homes during the early stages of the pandemic, taking us back to those terrifying and confusing months we all remember so well.

It promises to be a sobering, powerful look at the most widely experienced and ongoing tragedy of our time.

The story focuses around Tony and Sarah as the reality of Covid-19 begins to hit. We’re reminded of the widespread misinformation swirling around at the start of the pandemic, as care home staff are told they don’t necessarily need to wear PPE. But as cases multiply, the care home seems to be a ticking time bomb, and we’re taken back to the horror around the Covid-19 crisis in the social care sector.

Though Help is one of many dramas that have come out of the last 18 months, it is unique in that it doesn’t shy away from commenting on political failings and wealth inequality in this country. Help is a true showcase of the government’s response to Covid-19, which ripped through care homes across the UK. A study from the London School of Economics in May put the number of Covid-19 deaths among care home residents in England and Wales at 22,000, more than double the official estimate.

Early reviews of Help

Early reviews of the show by some of the UK’s prominent television critics have been impressive. The Radio Times called it ‘brilliant’ and paid particular attention to Comer and Graham’s on-screen chemistry, while the Guardian labelled the show a ‘devastating’ look at the brutal realities of the last year and a half.

When is it on?

Help airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Thursday.

Jodie Comer in Victoria Beckham

The actress wore a strapless black and embellished gown to the premiere of BBC America And AMC’s ‘Killing Eve’ Season 2 in 2019.

Jodie Comer at the ‘Free Guy’ UK premiere, August 2021

Proving the UK’s summer is slightly lacking this year, Jodie Comer stepped out in a velvet jumpsuit for the Free Guy premiere. Designed by Giorgio Armani, the boilersuit gives major 1970s glam vibes, as its bedazzled with pink rhinestones. The ELLE UK cover star paired a red lip with the sleek look, as well as a pair of black strappy sandals.

Jodie Comer wearing Vampire’s Wife

The actress wore the black and gold ruffled mini dress to the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in 2019.

Jodie Comer attends the Golden Globes, January 2020

For the awards show the Scouser chose an emerald green Mary Katrantzou gown with pink and yellow accessories.

Jodie Comer in Casely-Hayford

The actress wore a white power suit to Stylist’s inaugural Remarkable Women Awards in 2019.

Jodie Comer at he premiere of ‘Killing Eve’ Season 2, 2019

The actress wore a strapless black and embellished gown by Victoria Beckham.

Jodie Comer at the Royal Television Society Programme Awards, 2019

The actress wore the black and gold ruffled mini dress by The Vampire’s Wife.

Jodie Comer wearing Miu Miu

The actress wore the brand to the Miu Miu show in Paris, 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Zuhair Murad

The actress wore white to the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in 2019.

Jodie Comer at Stylist’s inaugural Remarkable Women Awards, 2019

The actress wore a white power suit by Casely-Hayford.

Jodie Comer wearing Miu Miu

The actress wore the brand to the Miu Miu show in Paris, 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Ralph & Russo

The actress wore a black, jewel-embellished gown to the Golden Globes 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Erdem

The actress wore a green, floral jumpsuit to The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party in 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Zuhair Murad

The actress wore white to the 24th annual Critics’ Choice Awards in 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Molly Goddard

The actress wore the brand to sit front row at the Molly Goddard show in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing Ralph & Russo

The actress wore a black, jewel-embellished gown to the Golden Globes 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Erdem

The actress wore a green, floral jumpsuit to The BAFTA Los Angeles Tea Party in 2019.

Jodie Comer wearing Stine Goya

The actress wore a star print spring dress with trainers to a special screening of ‘Killing Eve’ in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing Stella McCartney

The actress wore floral trousers and a top to the Cannes International Series Festival in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing Molly Goddard

The actress wore the brand to sit front row at the Molly Goddard show in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing Stine Goya

The actress wore a star print spring dress with trainers to a special screening of ‘Killing Eve’ in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing floral

The actress wore a floral mini wrap dress to Build Studio in 2018.

Jodie Comer wears Alberta Ferretti

The actress wore a plunging red gown to the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing Stella McCartney

The actress wore floral trousers and a top to the Cannes International Series Festival in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing floral

The actress wore a floral mini wrap dress to Build Studio in 2018.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore a blue Temperley London jumpsuit to the British Academy Television and Craft Awards nominations party in 2017.

Jodie Comer wears Alberta Ferretti

The actress wore a plunging red gown to the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing puff sleeves

The actress wore an embellished mini dress with puff sleeves toa Special Screening Event Of STARZ ‘The White Princess’ in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore a Grecian, black gown to the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore a blue Temperley London jumpsuit to the British Academy Television and Craft Awards nominations party in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore this pink, sequinned gown to the THREE Empire awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing puff sleeves

The actress wore an embellished mini dress with puff sleeves toa Special Screening Event Of STARZ ‘The White Princess’ in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore a Grecian, black gown to the Royal Television Society Programme Awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing floral

The actress wore a cream, floral gown to the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2016.

Jodie Comer wearing Temperley London

The actress wore this pink, sequinned gown to the THREE Empire awards in 2017.

Jodie Comer wearing leopard print

The actress wore a metallic, leopard print suit with the same strappy heels she wore in 2014 to the Jameson Empire Awards in 2016.

Jodie Comer wearing floral

The actress wore a cream, floral gown to the House Of Fraser British Academy Television Awards in 2016.

Jodie Comer wearing blue

The actress wore a blue cocktail dress with black, strappy heels to the RTS programme awards at Grosvenor House, in 2014.

Jodie Comer wearing leopard print

The actress wore a metallic, leopard print suit with the same strappy heels she wore in 2014 to the Jameson Empire Awards in 2016.

Jodie Comer wearing blue

The actress wore a blue cocktail dress with black, strappy heels to the RTS programme awards at Grosvenor House, in 2014.

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