Shane Meadows returns to Channel 4 showcasing his inimitable style with a powerful, bold drama that tackles themes of repressed memory, apocalyptic revenge and the hope of redemption.
BAFTA-nominated Stephen Graham (Line of Duty, This is England, ’86, ’88, ’90) is Joseph, a barely on-the-wagon alcoholic whose precarious reality is knocked for six when his ex-partner moves abroad with their young son, from Liverpool to Australia, for a better life. With no immediate family to live for, Joseph is haunted by a past he has tried, for decades, to forget – if not actively obscure with drink and drugs. Suffering the hangover from hell – the dry spell over – he walks away from his present life and boards a boat bound for Ireland to confront hazy, fear-inducing memories from a childhood spent in the care system that he’s had to forget.
The Virtues starts on Wednesday 15th May at 9pm on Channel 4
- Support information about the topics covered in some of the interviews here: https://www.channel4.com/4viewers/child-abuse-or-harm
- Trailer on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOons8oVsmE