“Harry Potter” series regular Michael Gambon is set to play Winston Churchill in ITV and Masterpiece’s feature-length telemovie “Churchill’s Secret” which airs next year.
Set during the summer months of 1953, Churchill is now British Prime Minister for the second time when he suffers a life-threatening stroke that is kept secret from the world. At the same time his adult children descend on his home and tensions begin to surface.
The story follows his battle to recover as seen through the eyes of a young nurse named Millie Appleyard. Acclaimed British actress Lindsay Duncan will co-star as his long-suffering wife Clementine who hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire.
Stewart Harcourt will adapt the work from Jonathan Smith’s book “The Churchill Secret: KBO.” Charles Sturridge (“Da Vinci’s Demons”) will helm while Timothy Bricknell will produce. Filming will begin next month in London, and at Chartwell in Kent.