No Return: A family holiday takes a chilling turn in ITV drama starring Sheridan Smith

From happy holidays to a sun-drenched nightmare – it’s anything but sun, sea and sangria in this edge-of-your-seat four-part drama from the writer of Brassic and The Stranger.

By James Descombes Published: 7 December 2021 - 11.58pm

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A show about a family holidaying in Turkey could be a real winter-warmer – and might even inspire you to book a well-earned summer getaway in 2022.

But ITV’s new four-part series, No Return, doesn’t dwell on the fun times for long before unpacking a harrowing holiday storyline that will live long in the memory.

What is No Return?

No Return is a thrilling new four-part series from ITV coming to screens this winter.

The show’s written by Royal Television Society award-winning screenwriter, Danny Brocklehurst – the man behind Brassic, The Stranger, and Come Home.

What’s the plot? 

Like many of us, Kathy (Sheridan Smith) and Martin (Michael Jibson) are looking forward to a fun and relaxing family holiday with their two children, Noah (Louis Ashbourne Serkis) and Jessica (Lily Sutcliffe). They’re off to Turkey to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, and spend some much-needed family time together.

But their dream holiday soon plunges into a nightmare, as Noah accepts a seemingly innocent invitation to a beach party.

Things unfold faster than a sun-lounger as the family is left desperately fighting for their son’s freedom against the powers of the law, an alien legal system, looming media coverage and resistance from fellow holidaymakers unwilling to lend a helping hand. Noah should be at home sitting is latest exams. Instead, he’s facing an entirely different kind of test.

No Return’s Executive Producer, Nicola Shinder, said: “I am delighted to be working with Danny again on these fantastic scripts. He makes the audience ask ‘what if that were my holiday, my child’ in a thrilling way. And we are so lucky to have Sheridan and the rest of this very talented cast to bring this story to life.”

Who’s in the cast?

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Mum and dad, Kathy and Martin, are played by Sheridan Smith and Michael Jibson.

BAFTA Award-winning Sheridan Smith is best known for her roles in The Royle Family, Gavin and Stacey, Benidorm, Cilla, and Funny Girl, and has appeared in a number of West End musicals including Legally Blonde and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat.

Like Smith, Michael Jibson, above, is an Olivier Award winner having picked up a statuette for his role as King George III in Hamilton. He has starred in TV dramas Honour and Quiz, as well as playing roles in films such as Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi, 1917, and Les Misérables.

Their son, 16-year-old Noah, is played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, who won the Outstanding Performance award at the sixth National Film Awards UK in 2021 for his role in The Kid Who Would Be King. Younger daughter Jessica is played by newcomer Lily Sutcliffe.

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When can I watch No Return?

There’s no confirmed date yet for this ITV drama, but the broadcaster has included it in its Winter 2021 schedule so expect to see it later this year or early in 2022.

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