Boris Johnson may have left office and been replaced by Liz Truss as Prime Minister this week, but he (or a version of him at least) won’t be leaving your screens for a while it seems, as Sky has just released a trailer for their upcoming limited series This is England.
The newa and highly anticipated show stars acclaimed stage, film and television actor and director Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson and chronicles the MPs premiership during some of the most tumultuous political times in modern history in the UK.
The drama will tell the story of the fallout of the Brexit referendum and will feature the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic and the governments response to it.
The cast includes Ophelia Lovibond as Carrie Symonds (later Johnson after she marries Boris) and Broadchurch’s Andrew Buchan as Matt Hancock. Others in the cast playing familiar political names who were endlessly on British screens throughout this period include Dominic Cummings played by Simon Paisley Day, Stanley Johnson, Boris’s father played by Tim Goodman, and Sir Patrick Vallance played by Alec Nicholls to name but a few.
The show is co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom who was behind shows like The Trip starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon and promises to be one of the most talked about shows of the autumn season.
Sky says that “This England will tell the tale of some of the most devastating events to ever befall the United Kingdom, and of a Prime Minister leading in these unprecedented times.
“The drama will trace the impact on Britain from this once in a generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus.
“It is based on the first-hand testimony of people from all walks of life; from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and from hospitals and care homes across the country.”
This is England will be available to watch on Sky and stream on NOW on 21st September.