THE second episode of a drama series which seeks to raise awareness of chronic fatigue syndrome is already in the making.

Tom Ellis, of Prestatyn, teamed up with a group of young film-makers to tell the story of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).

According to Tom, episode one of M.E, Myself and I – entitled Isolation – received a hugely positive response.

The web drama series, based on the experiences of real-life sufferers, tells the story of Rachel, a teenager who has been diagnosed with the long-term illness, which has a wide range of symptoms, including muscle pain, intense physical or/and mental exhaustion and specific cognitive disabilities.

Tom, who has suffered with ME for 17 years, wrote and directed the show and was supported by TAPE Community Music and Film.

The 28-year-old says the reaction to the first episode, released on June 30, has been “crazy”.

As a result of such demand, he has already penned a draft of episode two.

He said: “Since the live stream of the première, it has been mad. It was like a waterfall and then, a flood. The première was a lovely sort of community experience.

“An American Oscar-shortlisted film-maker posted about us on social media. This carried extra weight as the film-maker made a documentary about ME last year.

“The show was truthful. Our inbox has been invaded with messages from people from around the world. We’ve had touching feedback from people saying they felt like the show represented them.

“It was a sombre subject but we would have fun days on set and then back to sombre days.”

Tom has planned five episodes. Episode one on Vimeo has already had more than 2,700 views.

He added: “I have written the second draft. There is a big demand for more, mainly from those in America. Half our viewers are from the UK and the other half are international. We’ve had views in Singapore, Japan, Spain and Canada as well.

“The second film is about diagnosis. It will be positive but show all angles.”

A selfie campaign is currently been run on the back of the show. The team are making a call for fellow ME suffers to get in touch with the hashtag - #MEMyselfieAndI

l To find out more and to watch the show, visit M.E, Myself and I on Facebook.