Jimmy McGovern’s new BBC One drama Care will premiere on Sunday December 9th at 9pm, it has been announced.
Care follows Jenny, a mother-of-two raising her girls alone after the departure of her husband Dave. Her one lifeline is Mary, Jenny’s 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.
The one-off 90 minute drama was penned by Jimmy McGovern (Common, Broken) and Gillian Juckes, whose real life experiences formed the inspiration for the story. It is being produced by LA Productions and stars Sheridan Smith (The Moorside, Cilla), Alison Steadman (Hold The Sunset, Gavin & Stacey) and Sinead Keenan (Little Boy Blue, Being Human). Care was commissioned by the BBC’s Director of Content Charlotte Moore and the BBC’s Controller of Drama Piers Wenger. The executive producers are Colin McKeown and Jimmy McGovern for LA Productions and Lucy Richer for the BBC. David Blair is the director.
TVWise’s UK Premiere Dates page has been updated with this new information.