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Series overview

BAFTA award winning actress Sheridan Smith OBE leads ITV’s gripping and complex four part event drama, No Return, written by RTS award winning screenwriter, Danny Brocklehurst (Brassic, Harlan Coben’s The Stranger, Come Home) and produced by Red Production Company (It’s A Sin, Stay Close).

Sheridan, star of television dramas, Cilla, Mrs Biggs, The C Word, The Moorside and Four Lives is joined by Louis Ashbourne Serkis best known for his role in the 2019 fantasy adventure film The Kid Who Would Be King and the 2021 winner of the Outstanding Performance category at the 6th National Film Awards UK. Together they play mother and son, Kathy and 16 year old Noah

Also joining the cast is Olivier award winning actor Michael Jibson (Quiz, Isolation Stories) who won Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his performance as King George III in Lin Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Michael plays Martin, Kathy’s husband and father to Noah.

With themes of parental love, guilt, grievances, and the issues around consent for teenagers, No Return is produced by Manchester based executive producer, Nicola Shindler (It’s A Sin, Ridley Road), Richard Fee (The Stranger, Safe), series creator and writer Danny Brocklehurst and Executive Producer for RED Production Company Sarah Doole.

Directed by John Alexander (Grace, Belgravia) and produced by Farah Abushwesha (The Singapore Grip, The ABC Murders), the contemporary and emotional story depicts an unassuming family who are caught up in a living nightmare whilst on holiday in Turkey.

Looking forward to an idyllic all-inclusive luxury break in Turkey to enjoy the sun and sea with extended family members, Kathy (Sheridan Smith) and Martin (Michael Jibson), their son Noah (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and younger daughter Jessica (Lily Sutcliffe) are blissfully unaware of the horrific ordeal about to unfold.

Their holiday is a chance to unwind and for Kathy and Martin to spend some muchneeded time 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 desperately fighting for their son’s freedom against extremely challenging circumstances.

An arrest, an expensive and alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers to come to their aid leaves the distraught parents fighting for Noah’s freedom when ironically he should be at school sitting his latest exams.

Completing the cast are Siân Brooke (Stephen, Good Omens, Sherlock) who plays Kathy’s sister Megan, David Mumeni (Sliced, Dead Pixels) who plays Megan’s husband Steve, Philip Arditti (House of Saddam, Black Earth Rising) as Noah’s legal representative Rico Karvalci, Murat Seven (SOKO Stuttgart) as hotel worker Ismail, and Rufus Hound (Trollied) who plays Private Investigator Al Milner.

No Return has been commissioned for ITV by Head of Drama Polly Hill and will be internationally distributed by STUDIOCANAL.

Following the first TX on ITV, all four episodes will be available immediately on ITV Hub and BritBox. Episodes on the main channel will continue to broadcast weekly.

Episode 1

For Kathy, Martin and their two teenagers, Noah and Jess, the annual holiday is something that the Powell family look forward to all year round. They’re joined by Kathy’s more affluent sister, Megan, her workaholic husband, Steve, and their son, Fred. It’s an opportunity for them all to switch off, relax and spend quality time together as a family, and an all-inclusive holiday in Turkey is just what the doctor ordered…

But when Martin watches Noah head off to a beach party, little does he know it’s the last moment they’ll share before all their lives are turned completely upside down. The next time Kathy and Martin see their son, he’s being dragged away in handcuffs accused of a serious crime that he denies committing.

16-year-old Noah is supposed to be sitting exams and spending the summer having fun before college, but instead he faces years in a Turkish prison, thousands of miles from home.

February 7 @ 21:00
21:00 — 22:00 (1h)

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