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Sky releases teaser clip of Sir Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson in Covid drama

Sky has shared a new teaser video of Sir Kenneth Branagh playing Boris Johnson in a drama series about the Prime Minister’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

His England will follow the prime minister battling Covid-19, Brexit and controversies in his personal and political life.

The drama series, originally titled This Septred Isle, is due to premiere later this year.

The ominous teaser begins with a spirited voiceover by Sir Kenneth as the prime minister: “2020 will be a year of prosperity.”

A montage of clips showing the number 10 inside follows as the Covid-19 pandemic appears to progress with a voice saying “500,000 deaths – this is the worst case scenario”.

An eerie soundtrack with images of the prime minister hosting the press conference in Downing Street plays as familiar rhetoric to “wash your hands” and “stay home”.


Image shows: Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Kenneth Branagh)

It closes with an image of a radio announcer closing the door to number 10: “The United Kingdom surpasses Italy to report highest official death toll.”

The series will explore the impact of the pandemic on Britain and the response of scientists, nurses and doctors.

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10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (Sage), and the first testimonies from people inside hospitals and care homes across the country.

The newly released images also show Ophelia Lovibond, also known for her roles in the BBC sitcom W1A and Guardians of the Galaxy, portraying the prime minister’s wife, Carrie Symonds.


Image shows: Matt Hancock (Andrew Buchan)

While Broadchurch star Andrew Buchan can be seen in the role of former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

The series will be directed by Michael Winterbottom, who will also co-write, while Sunday Times political editor Tim Shipman will serve as advisor.

The Sky Original drama This England will premiere in 2022.

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