This England, Michael Winterbottom’s five-part dramatization of the government response to the coronavirus pandemic, stars Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson.
Kenneth Branagh stars as Boris Johnson in This England, a new drama based on the early days of the coronavirus outbreak. Written and directed by Michael Winterbottom (formerly known as This Sceptered Isle), the series will premiere on Sky Atlantic later this year.
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This England Storyline
This England examines the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the early days of Boris Johnson’s administration, and how the Conservative government mismanaged the response. It shows viewers “within the halls of power, as Johnson deals with Covid-19, Brexit and a controversial person’s and political life.”
“The events in government are interwoven with stories from around the UK, from the experts and scientists racing against time to understand the virus; to the doctors, nurses, and care home workers on the frontline working tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome it, and ordinary people whose lives have been thrown into turmoil.”
In This England, Who Stars?
Boris Johnson, the freshly elected Prime Minister, is played by Kenneth Branagh. There is a good chance that you’ve seen Branagh in films like Much Ado About Nothing, Murder on the Orient Express, and Tenet; he looks uncannily like Johnson in the images we have seen so far. His script for the picture Belfast recently won him an Oscar.
Carrie Symonds, Johnson’s new partner, is played by Ophelia Lovibond. Elementary, Feel Good, W1A, and Guardians of the Galaxy have all featured Lovibond. In addition to Jake Johnson, she is now appearing in the HBO comedy Minx. Matt Hancock, the Health Secretary, is played by Andrew Buchan. You may recognize Buchan from roles in Broadchurch, Genius: Picasso, Alex Rider, Party Animals, and The Crown.
According to his management, Tim Goodman will portray the Prime Minister’s father Stanley Johnson. Jane Eyre (2006), Autopsy: The Last Hours of Liberace (2007), and a 1966 episode of Doctor Who have all previously included Goodman. Patrick Vallance, Isaac Levido, Rachel Sophia-Anthony, and Simon Kunz round out the cast of the new film. Alec Nicholls (The Midwich Cuckoos) plays Patrick Vallance and James Corrigan (The Nan Movie) plays Isaac Levido.
This England Preview
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— Sky TV (@skytv) May 18, 2022
With a soundtrack of Rule Britannia playing in the background, the teaser displays sweeping images of the interior of No. 10 Downing Street and sideways glimpses at Branagh’s Johnson.
Who Is The Writer And Director Of This England?
As with his films Greed and 24-Hour Party People, Michael Winterbottom has penned and directed the majority of the series. Winterbottom also directed Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon in the Trip series. In addition, Kieron Quirke (Defending the Guilty) and Julian Jarrold (The Crown) have written and directed episodes of the series.
In addition to serving as a consultant, conservative journalist and political editor Tim Shipman of The Sunday Times has also contributed to the show.
When Can We Expect The Release Of This England?
As of the right moment, we have no idea when This England will be launched. “Later this year” was the stated release date for This England’s trailer at Sky’s introduction of new programs. The release could coincide with Johnson’s third anniversary in December 2019, although that is completely hypothetical.
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