ONE-OFF DRAMA CARE STARS SHERIDAN SMITH AS A SINGLE MUM WHO BECOMES HER MOTHER’S CARER AFTER SHE DEVELOPS DEMENTIA. FINDS OUT MORE ABOUT THE HEARTBREAKING PROGRAMME
SHERIDAN, 37, plays Jenny, a mother-of-two raising her girls alone after the departure of her husband Dave.
She relies heavily on her widowed mum Mary (played by Alison) for help with childcare, so that she can work full-time at a supermarket.
But when Mary suffers a devastating stroke and develops dementia, Jenny finds her life completely changed; suddenly, she is responsible for looking after her mum, and her daughters, and cannot carry on working.
Plus, she soon realises she has a fight on her hands when it comes to getting the best care for Mary – along with some tough choices to make.
It’s a topic which Gillian, who originally wrote Care as a piece of theatre, believes needs more awareness.
Sheridan Smith with co-writer of Care Jimmy McGovern and her co-star Sinead Keenan leave a toddler in the home all day on their own, you’d be prosecuted for it, but that is what’s happening to people in the community.
“We need more nursing homes, and it’s not the fault of the NHS because 24% of their beds are taken with people over the age of 65 with dementia. It can’t carry on.”
LINCOLNSHIREBORN Sheridan, and her co-star, Irish actress Sinead, are asked if they tried to laugh in between takes on set for Care, to detract from how dark the material was. “I think every actor takes it differently and does their own
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thing,” suggests 40-year-old Sinead, who plays Mary’s other daughter, Claire.
“Myself, if I’m doing heavy scenes, you go, ‘Oh, this is going to be a fun day’,” she quips.
“You keep yourself to yourself. You’re not exuberant, you’re not bouncing around in between takes.”
“Sinead is incredible at staying in the zone, so to act opposite her was a dream,” gushes Sheridan, known for her intense roles in shows such as The Moorside and Cilla.
Discussing the challenging role further, she says: “In my mind, dementia is the cruellest disease there is.
“I can only go on being a carer for a parent (her father lost his battle with cancer in 2016) and trying to put my experiences into it. But it doesn’t really come close to how I imagine that must feel.
“You don’t tell jokes (in between takes), especially when this is the subject matter, and Gillian’s been through it, and so many people have GOSH, is it that time already! For been through it. You stay in it when you’re in those moments.”
However, the outgoing star confides she finds it really difficult to stop crying once the tears start falling.
“I’m a nightmare, because I cry at everything!”
AN INTERESTING element of Care is almost three weeks we’ve enjoyed seeing celebrities including Noel Edmonds and former football manager Harry Redknapp down insect cocktails; watched The Chase’s Ann talk about her autism, and seen soap stars tackle crocodile’s unmentionables. Now it’s time for Dec and stand-in host Holly Willoughby to reveal who the public have voted this year’s
King or Queen of the Jungle. The newly crowned winner will then make an appearance on ITV2 companion show Extra Camp.
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NADIYA HUSSAIN takes a trip to Nepal to learn more about its people, places and food in the final part of her adventure to explore her identity. She begins in Kathmandu, joining a supper club run by young foodies who share the vastly varied cuisine of their country. Then Nadiya heads to the historic city of Bhaktapur, which was devastated by how differently Jenny and Claire deal with their mum’s health issues.
“Claire’s moved away, and Jenny is the one who does the lion’s share of all the caring, which I think an awful lot of people can empathise with, because, more often that not, people move away from their families,” Sinead – star of dramas such as Little Boy Blue and Being Human – notes thoughtfully.
the earthquake of 2015, and visits an abbey to meet nuns from a Buddhist sect who practice kung fu and teach female empowerment.
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Sheridan Smith as Jenny and Alison Steadman as Mary, right, in Care
Nadiya with a dish for the Kathmandu supper club Monday, BBC1, regions vary