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Churchill's Secret - casting announcement

Published: Mon 22 Jun 2015

ROMOLA GARAI, MATTHEW MACFADYEN, BILL PATERSON, DAISY LEWIS, TARA FITZGERALD, JAMES WILBY AND RACHAEL STIRLING JOIN MICHAEL GAMBON AND LINDSAY DUNCAN IN ITV DRAMA CHURCHILL’S SECRET
 
ITV today announced further stellar casting to join Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan in the feature length film, Churchill’s Secret being produced by Daybreak Productions. 
 
Romola Garai (The Hour, Legacy) takes the part of nurse Millie Appleyard and Churchill’s adult children are played by Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, The Enfield Haunting) as Randolph Churchill, Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey) as Mary Churchill, Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle, Detectorists) as Sarah Churchill and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, In the Club) as Diana Churchill.
 
Set 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 the world.
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 succeed him. 
Meanwhile his adult children - descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface. 
 
Further cast includes Bill Paterson (Outlander, Law & Order: UK) as Lord Moran, James Wilby as Lord Bracken (The Great Train Robbery, Endeavour), Alex Jennings as Anthony Eden (Foyle’s War, Silk), Patrick Kennedy (Downton Abbey, Boardwalk Empire) as Jock Colville, Christian McKay (Rush, Borgia) as Christopher Soames, Chris Larkin (Doctors, Yes, Prime Minister) as Rab Butler and John Standing (Borgia, The Other Wife) as Lord Camrose. 
Daybreak Pictures, part of the Tinopolis Group, will produce the drama 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.
 
Based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, the drama will be adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot).
The 120’ film 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.
 
Passion Distribution who are part of the Tinopolis Group will handle international sales of Churchill’s Secret.
 
Filming begins this month (June 2015) in London, Hayes and at Churchill’s principal family home, Chartwell in Kent.
 
ITV’s director of Drama Steve November and Controller of Drama Victoria Fea have commissioned the drama.
 
Churchill’s Secret is a Daybreak Pictures/MASTERPIECE Co-production for ITV.