No Return's Sheridan Smith says shows like the new drama have "never been done" before

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Photo credit: Andy Hughes

Four Lives star Sheridan Smith is going to feature in an upcoming ITV drama called No Return, which she says has "never been done" before.

Ahead of the launch of the show, Smith has said that the scripts for No Return are unlike any script she's read before.

Speaking to, she said: "I read it and was gripped. I had to know what happened. And it instantly gave me that jelly belly feeling of, 'What would you do in that situation?'"

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The drama has been written by Brassic's Danny Brocklehurst, and tells the story of an "unassuming family" on a holiday from hell after they go to Turkey and everything goes wrong.

The synopsis for the series explains: "Their holiday is a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some much-needed together. Until unsuspecting Noah accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party from a fellow holidaymaker, Rosie (Jodie Campbell), who is staying at the same hotel."

"Suddenly Kathy and Martin's world spectacularly falls apart when they are left fighting for their son's freedom against... an arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers."

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"It's ordinary people in an extraordinary situation. And Kathy is an amazing lead role. I was just instantly like, 'Wow', and was very honoured to be asked. She's a great character. Fiercely loyal; fiercely protective, and someone I could relate to," Smith said.

She continued: "I instantly thought that this has never been done. I've never read anything like this before. And from the minute [Kathy's 16-year old son] Noah was arrested, that's it. Four hours of intense, high drama."

She added that No Return was full of "high angst".

Smith will star alongside Sian Brooke and Michael Jibson in the drama, as well as the aforementioned Jodie Campbell. Though the series is expected to air soon, there is no specific release date yet.

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