(London) Filming of a television series intriguing Boris Johnson’s handling of the pandemic will begin, with actor Kenneth Branagh as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sky channel reported.
Michael Winterbottom (In this world, Jude) will realize this series called This Sceptred Isle. Kenneth Branagh, who recently played the villain in Tenet or the character of Hercule Poirot in Murder on the Orient Express, will play the bubbling conservative leader with tousled blond hair.
Considered one of the best actors of his generation in the United Kingdom, the 60-year-old Northern Irishman has also distinguished himself there as a director and producer.
This series in 5 episodes will begin with the arrival in Downing Street of Boris Johnson, then will tell the appearance of the first cases of COVID-19 in the United Kingdom, at the beginning of 2020. This year was eventful for the conservative leader, between his contamination by the virus, which earned him three nights in intensive care in April, and then the birth of his son Wilfred two days after returning to business.
Boris Johnson has been criticized for being slow to respond to the pandemic, which has killed more than 97,000 people in the UK, the worst toll in Europe.
The series is based on the testimony of relatives of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health, scientists advising the government and caregivers. Tim Shipman, political journalist at Sunday Times, played the consultants.
“Our series links countless true stories – from Boris Johnson in Downing Street to those on the frontlines of the virus across the country – chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, caregivers and leaders to protect us from the virus,” he said. said in a statement Mr. Winterbottom, who co-wrote the series with Kieron Quirke.
The UK’s recent past fascinates directors. A breathtaking TV movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Dominic Cummings, campaign mastermind for the UK’s departure from the European Union, aired in January 2019, two and a half years after the Brexit referendum .
Produced by Fremantle, Passenger and Revolution Films, This Sceptred Isle will begin touring in early 2021 for airing on Sky Atlantic and Now TV in fall 2022.