Sharon Horgan and James McAvoy are to star in a new BBC drama film set during lockdown.

Together, which is slated for release later this year, will see Horgan and McAvoy star as a married couple, named "He" and "She", who face into the challenges brought about by Covid-19 restrictions in March 2020.

Billed as a "hilarious and heart-breaking" story, Horgan plays a charity worker, and daughter to an "old socialist mother", while McAvoy's is self-employed and has had to furlough his staff.

The film was made in just 10 days, with a script from Dennis Kelly who worked with Horgan previously on their BBC Three sitcom Pulling. Stephen Daldry, who has worked on all four seasons of The Crown, directed.

Speaking about Together, Horgan said, "I think everyone who got involved in this film had no intention of doing a Covid drama but then we read Dennis's script and changed our minds. We shot this in ten days, so it was a beautifully stressful experience.

"Working with Dennis again - and Stephen Daldry and James McAvoy both of whom I’ve admired for years was a joy. But it also felt like we were making something important.

"And the fact that it feels like news means that the Covid death toll, the tragedy of so many lives lost unnecessarily has not been talked about enough."

McAvoy added, "Dennis writes so wittily for these characters and his script had me within the first few pages.

"When I heard Sharon was involved with Stephen Daldry directing it was a no brainer. It’s a hilarious, heartfelt, entertaining, and unconsciously funny exploration of a relationship and a couple facing real tragedy across a year we have all lived through."