Jo un­cov­ers hid­den se­crets in her search for the truth

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Sheri­dan Smith can do no wrong at the mo­ment – she is on a roll. Dur­ing the past few years, she has scored mas­sive TV hits with Ac­cused, Mrs Biggs, The Wi­d­ower, Cilla, The C Word and an un­for­get­table episode of the most re­cent run of In­side No 9.

So, we’re ex­pect­ing big things from Black­Work (Sun­day, ITV, 9pm), her latest pro­ject for ITV. It was writ­ten by Matt Char­man, whose pre­vi­ous pro­duc­tions in­clude Our Zoo and Suite Fran­caise.

“Sheri­dan Smith is a dream to write for be­cause as an ac­tress there’s re­ally noth­ing she can’t do,” says Char­man. “And Black Work is a story that pushes her to the limit – it makes her char­ac­ter, Jo Gillespie, doubt her­self, her fam­ily, her friends, ev­ery­thing she’s al­ways taken for granted, in her search for her hus­band’s killer.”

Jo is a po­lice­woman whose hus­band, a fel­low cop­per, is shot dead while work­ing un­der­cover. But her in­ves­ti­ga­tion into his death leads her to delve into the last six months of his life, dur­ing which she un­cov­ers shock­ing se­crets about her mar­riage, which could have an im­pact on her young daugh­ter and step­son.

To make mat­ters worse, Jo has grown close to a col­league, leav­ing her over­come with guilt – a fact that puts fur­ther strain on her fam­ily.

“It must be a hor­ri­ble feel­ing to trust some­one and then find out they weren’t who they said they were,” ex­plains Sheri­dan, while dis­cussing the drama. “Jo thinks she knows Ryan and then her world falls apart. She trusted the po­lice force to look af­ter its own fam­ily and now she’s not sure of any­thing.

“I can’t imag­ine the state of mind you would then be in, to have to take all that in. She doesn’t know who to trust or turn to and fears for her fam­ily.”

She adds: “Jo is fig­ur­ing it all out as she goes along in the same way as the au­di­ence are. It’s a psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller and a who­dunit. There are so many twists and turns and you re­ally don’t know what’s go­ing to hap­pen.”

Film­ing Black Work took Sheri­dan back to her roots in Lin­colnshire, close to where her par­ents still live.

“It was lovely to be back home and hear my ac­cent all around me, although no-one re­ally recog­nised me with my hair like it is. I had to stay in Leeds dur­ing film­ing, even when we filmed in Goole, just down the road from my mum and dad’s.You’re on tight 12-hour days and 6am pick-ups or what­ever, but I did man­age to get home on my day off.”

Law and or­der Sheri­dan Smith stars in the po­lice drama se­ries

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