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Masterpiece Drama ‘Churchill’s Secret’ Assembles Sprawling Cast

Masterpiece Drama 'Churchill's Secret' Assembles Sprawling Cast

Stewart Harcourt is adapting Jonathan Smith’’s recently published book “The Churchill Secret: KBO,” a two hour film to be directed by Charles Sturridge (“Where Angels Fear to Tread,” “A Handful of Dust”), with Timothy Bricknell producing. Filming of ITV’s “Churchill’’s Secret” begins this June in London and at Chartwell, the Churchill’ family home in Kent.

Set during the summer months of 1953, Winston Churchill—, who has been elected Prime Minister for the second time—, suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world. The story is told from the point-of-view of his young nurse (Romola Garai) as Churchill battles to recover. His wife (Lindsay Duncan) hopes that the stroke will force him to retire, while his political friends and foes plot over who will succeed him.

The adult Churchill children (Matthew Macfadyen as Randolph, Daisy Lewis as Mary, Rachael Stirling as Sarah and Tara Fitzgerald as Diana) arrive in Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through. Bill Paterson, Daisy Lewis and Tara Fitzgerald join Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan in
“Churchill’s Secret” is produced for ITV by Daybreak Productions, part of the Tinopolis Group, with Executive Producers Hal Vogel and David Aukin overseeing production. “Churchill’’s Secret” will be co-produced with Masterpiece, where Rebecca Eaton is Executive Producer. It will air in the US on PBS in 2016, presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
Passion Distribution, which is part of the Tinopolis Group will handle international sales.

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