The first wave of the Covid-19 Pandemic was a traumatic time for all of us. More so than many other time during these unprecedented months as the mystery of what was happening was very much in the air.

This horrific time will now be dramatized in the newly commissioned five part limited series, This Sceptred Isle. The series will be based on first hand accounts from those working in the government, the health sector and SAGE in the United Kingdom. It will show the inner workings of places such as 10 Downing Street in a time where Britain was seeing the dawn of a once in a generation tragedy.

This Sceptred Isle will be co-written and Directed by Michael Winterbottom. Winterbottom is well known for making fact based dramas (like Welcome to Sarajevo and A Mighty Heart) but he’s probably most fondly known for his frequent work with comedian and actor Steve Coogan. This includes The Trip comedy series which also stars Rob Brydon. Most recently he directed the political satire Greed, which also starred Steve Coogan as an arrogant high street business owner.

Cast in the role of Prime Minister Boris Johnson is the award winning actor Kenneth Branagh. Branagh is most recently known for his portrayal of the famous detective Hercule Poirot in the Agatha Christie based film series that he directs himself. Last year he also continued his career of collaboration with director Christopher Nolan in the pandemic defying feature Tenet.

This Sceptred Isle begins production in early 2021. It will be broadcast on Sky Atlantic in the autumn of 2022. The limited series will also be available to those with an Entertainment Pass for NOW TV.

Photo Credit: Johan Persson

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