Sky has announced Kenneth Branagh will lead the new drama This Sceptred Isle playing the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
Written by filmmaker Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People) and Kieron Quirke (Cuckoo), the five-part series will chart the first wave of the pandemic.
Tracing the UK government’s response, This Sceptred Isle will explore the impact the global pandemic had on Britain, and the man charged with leading the country through it.
Based on the first-hand testimonies of those working everywhere from Downing Street and the Department of Health to hospitals and care homes, This Sceptred Isle will shine a light on the efforts of the heroic doctors, nurses and scientists who have been working tirelessly to contain the virus.
The political editor of The Sunday Times, Tim Shipman, will act as a consultant on the factual based drama.
Co-writer and director Michael Winterbottom commented: “The first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic will be remembered forever. A time when the country came together to battle an invisible enemy. A time when people were more aware than ever of the importance of community.
“Our series weaves together countless true stories - from Boris Johnson in Number 10 to front line workers around the country - chronicling the efforts of scientists, doctors, care home workers and policy makers to protect us from the virus.”
Shooting on This Sceptred Isle is will commence in early 2021 and is expected to air on Sky Atlantic in autumn 2022.