No Return: when is Sheridan Smith ITV drama on TV, is it a true story - and who is in the cast?

Sheridan Smith stars in ITV drama No Return this February

Sheridan Smith will be starring in a new drama for ITV this month called No Return.

The series follows a family on holiday in Turkey who get caught up in an extended legal battle with intense media coverage. It will begin on Monday February 7 at 9pm.

Here’s everything you need to know about No Return.

What is No Return about?

The official synopsis for No Return explains that the family go on holiday for “a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some much-needed together.”

However, the family holiday is thrown into disarray when teenage son Noah is accused of sexually assaulting another guest in their hotel – Noah maintains his innocence, and a fraught legal battle with intense media scrutiny begins.

Writer Danny Brocklehurst described the series as a passion project, and said that “it’s the story of a family caught in a modern nightmare but it allows us to explore themes of parenthood, justice, addiction and consent.”

Is it based on a true story?

No, it’s not. The series was created by writer Danny Brocklehurst, who has commented that while the very simplest elements of No Return were inspired by a friend who experienced some legal trouble on an international holiday, much of it is invented.

Sheridan Smith said that on reading the script “I instantly thought this has never been done. I’ve never read anything like this before.”

Who stars in No Return?

No Return stars Sheridan Smith as Kathy Powell. You’ll recognise Smith from a number of different programmes, most recently BBC One’s true crime drama Four Lives and Channel 5’s The Teacher.

Louis Ashbourne Serkis plays her teenage son Noah, who is accused of sexual assault. Ashbourne Serkis has previously starred in Joe Cornish’s fantasy movie The Kid Who Would Be King, and is of course the youngest son of actor/director Andy Serkis and actress Lorraine Ashbourne.

They’re joined by Michael Jibson (Four Lives, Quiz) as father Martin and Lily Sutcliffe as sister Jessica. Philip Arditti (Black Earth Rising) plays Noah’s legal representative Rico Karvalci and Rufus Hound (Trollied) plays Private Investigator Al Milner.

The series is written by Danny Brocklehurst, who also recently wrote Netflix’s Harlan Coben adaptation Stay Close.

Is there a trailer for No Return?

Yes, there is, and you can watch it here. It depicts the panic and frenzy for Sheridan Smith’s character Kathy when their holiday goes wrong.

When is it on and how can I watch it?

No Return will air on ITV and be available to stream on ITV Hub in February.

The first episode will air on Monday 7 February at 9pm, and the series will continue weekly thereafter.

How many episodes is No Return?

The series is four episodes long.

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