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Gambon's to play Churchill for ITV
28 May 2015 17:05
Dublin-born actor Michael Gambon is to play Winston Churchill in ITV's feature-length drama Churchill's Secret.
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The film is based on Jonathan Smith's recently book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, and tells the story of the stroke Churchill suffered in his second term as British Prime Minister in 1953.
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The life-threatening illness was kept secret from the world.
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The story will be told from the viewpoint of Churchill's nurse, Millie Appleyard.
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Filming will begin in June and Churchill's Secret is due to air next year in the US, after it has been shown on ITV.
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ITV's Director of Drama, Steve November, said: "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."
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He continued: "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."
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Earlier this year it was reported that Gambon would also play Churchill in a new thriller, Target Churchill.
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Brendan Gleeson previously portrayed Churchill in the Emmy-winning HBO and BBC film Into the Storm.
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