Kenneth Branagh to play Boris Johnson in Sky drama

Brenda Watkins
January 27, 2021

In a new series named This Sceptre Isle, the actor will play the Prime Minister and his efforts during the coronavirus pandemic centred mainly in London.

The series called "This Sceptred Isle" will show the "Prime Minister, the government and the country in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic", Sky said Saturday.

Specifically, Branagh will play human flop sweat droplet Johnson in Michael Winterbottom's upcoming series This Sceptered Isle, which will see Winterbottom forego his usual habits of stalking Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon any time they get into a vehicle with each other, in favor of exploring his country's response to the global epidemic. "A time when people were more aware than ever of the importance of community", Fox News quoted Winterbottom as saying.

Meanwhile Kenneth has been nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Actor and Best Director for Henry V in 1989, and most recently Best Supporting Actor for 2011's My Week With Marilyn.

Kenneth will next star in the star-studded Death On The Nile, which will be released in September 2021 following multiple delays due to the pandemic.

Johnson's term in office during the pandemic saw him dramatically rushed to hospital and placed in intensive care with the virus. Fremantle, Richard Brown's Passenger and Winterbottom's Revolution Films will serve as producers.

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In 5 episodes, the series will begin after Boris Johnson arrives in Downing Street, then describe the presence of the first cases of Kovid-19 in the United Kingdom in early 2020.

Directed and written by The Trip helmer Michael Winterbottom, the five part drama is titled This Sceptred Isle. Melissa Parmenter (Revolution Films) will produce alongside Josh Hyams and Anthony Wilcox.

The UK leader was hospitalised with Covid-19 for over a week in late March 2019. "Portraying NHS employees and key employees on the frontlines of the extraordinary struggle, to these in authorities dealing with unprecedented challenges, Michael Winterbottom has a transparent and compelling imaginative and prescient in telling this outstanding story".

"The incredible creative talent Fremantle has assembled including the central performance from Kenneth Branagh will make This Sceptred Isle a drama we are proud to be part of telling". Tim Shipman, political journalist at Sunday Times, played the consultants.

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The collection might be an enormous draw for Sky in the autumn, and comes at a time when the Comcast-backed pay-TV broadcaster is driving aggressively into authentic drama.

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