News: Churchill's Secret Commissioned
ITV Commissions Churchill's Secret From Daybreak Pictures Starring Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as Clementine Churchill
"Who knew adversity as well as triumph, but always came back fighting."
Boston, MA; May 26, 2015 -- ITV has commissioned feature-length film Churchill’s
Secret starring Michael Gambon as Sir Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as
Daybreak Pictures, part of the Tinopolis Group, will produce the drama with
Executive Producers Hal Vogel and David Aukin overseeing production.
Based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, the
drama will be adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island,
Churchill’s Secret will be co-produced with MASTERPIECE, where Rebecca Eaton
is Executive Producer. Following transmission of Churchill’s Secret on ITV, it will
air in the US on PBS in 2016.
MASTERPIECE Executive Producer Rebecca Eaton said: “Winston Churchill is an
epic figure to Americans, much as he is to the British. He epitomizes the Special
Relationship, a phrase he coined. Hal Vogel and David Aukin have been excellent
partners in the past, and it’s a privilege to be working with them again.”
MASTERPIECE is presented on PBS by WGBH Boston.
During the summer months of 1953, Churchill—now Prime Minister for the second
time and in his late 70’s—suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from
Told from the viewpoint of his young Nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his
battle to recover as his long suffering wife Clemmie desperately hopes the stroke will
force Winston to retire while his political friends and foe scheme to plot who will
Meanwhile his adult children descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as
tensions within his family begin to surface.
Filming will begin in June 2015 in London and at Churchill’s principal family home,
Chartwell in Kent. Churchill’s Secret will be directed by Charles Sturridge (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Scapegoat, The Road to Coronation Street) with Timothy
Bricknell (From There to Here, The Fear, Eric & Ernie) producing the two-hour film. ITV’s director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have
commissioned the drama.
Churchill’s Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our
country’s most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to
hold on to power,” said November. “We’re delighted to commission Churchill’s
Secret from Daybreak Pictures and to be working with Michael Gambon as Sir
Winston Churchill and Lindsay Duncan as his wife Clemmie,” he added.
Hal Vogel and David Aukin on behalf of Daybreak Pictures said: “It’s testament to Jonathan Smith’s tender and witty novel and Stewart Harcourt’s extraordinary adaptation that we have been able to assemble the very best of British talent. We are thrilled to be working with Director Charles Sturridge and two of Britain’s finest
actors in Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan. We are delighted to be working with ITV again, who have been incredibly supportive throughout,” they added.