Kenneth Branagh stars as Johnson
Sky Atlantic has released a new trailer for This England, a six-part mini-series starring Kenneth Branagh as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Interwoven with stories from inside the halls of government and from across the country, the series will examine the Johnson administration’s handling of the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak and its consequences.
The miniseries, which originally started as This Sceptred Isle, is based on firsthand testimonies from people at 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, and the Emergencies Scientific Advisory Group. In addition to opening up the government’s handling of the pandemic, there are debates about the potential economic repercussions of a lockdown and how this will affect the public’s perception of the Johnson administration. The miniseries will also examine the personal life of the prime minister.
Ophelia Lovibond plays Johnson’s wife, Carrie Symonds, while Simon Paisley Day plays Dominic Cummings, Johnson’s former deputy who has been critical of the decisions Johnson made during the pandemic after resigning from her role in 2020. Cummings before In the TV movie Brexit: Civil War portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. Johnson was played by Richard Goulding in that movie.
The new trailer teases the simmering tension between Johnson and Cummings, with a character saying in the background that Johnson needs to “dominate him.” The minute-long trailer ends with a glimpse of Johnson in the hospital, presumably after he’s been infected with the virus. Branagh will appear practically unrecognizable under the prosthetics. This project will be Branagh’s highest-profile television role since Wallander, which aired for four seasons of three episodes each, from 2008 to 2016.