TV drama based on Boris Johnson's first year as PM in the works
The series will focus on the private lives of Johnson and Carrie Symonds
A drama series about prime minister Boris Johnson is in the works, focusing on his first year in 10 Downing Street.
The series, This Sceptred Isle, will be created by production company Freemantle, who have not yet agreed a deal with a broadcaster, but are in the process of casting some of the main roles, including the doctors and nurses who aided him back to health after his bout of Covid-19 in the spring of 2020.
The show will also depict aspects of Johnson's private life alongside fiancé Carrie Symonds, including the birth of their son, Wilfred - a storyline that will controversially feature Johnson's 11-year-old daughter Stephanie, who mostly avoids the public eye.
Candidates for the role of Stephanie have reportedly been asked to send in self-tapes of a scene in which she meets baby Wilfred for the first time. The Mail on Sunday have written that this could 'incur Downing Street's wrath'.
Boris Johnson has been in No 10 for exactly one year, a year in which the prime minister almost dying is only one of the craziest things to have happened.
Let’s review the most extraordinary first 365 days of almost any PM in history. pic.twitter.com/9sEMpyLoWe
— PoliticsJOE (@PoliticsJOE_UK) July 24, 2020
Freemantle executive Andrea Scrosati said: “There are rare moments in history when leaders find their private lives uniquely connected to national events, where personal experience and official role collide in an unusual way. The last few months in the life of the UK prime minister clearly mark one of these moments.”
She added the story would be told "with a fair and fact-based approach."