ITV today announced further stellar casting to join Michael Gambon and Lindsay Duncan in the feature length film, Churchill’s Secret being produced by Daybreak Productions.
Romola Garai (The Hour, Legacy) takes the part of nurse Millie Appleyard and Churchill’s adult children are played by Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street, The Enfield Haunting) as Randolph Churchill, Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey) as Mary Churchill, Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle, Detectorists) as Sarah Churchill and Tara Fitzgerald (Game of Thrones, In the Club) as Diana Churchill.
Set during the summer months of 1953 Churchill—now Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70’s—suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world.
Told from the viewpoint of his young Nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long suffering wife Clemmie, desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire while his political friends and foe scheme to plot who will succeed him.
Meanwhile his adult children – descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.
Further cast includes Bill Paterson (Outlander, Law & Order: UK) as Lord Moran, James Wilby as Lord Bracken (The Great Train Robbery, Endeavour), Alex Jennings as Anthony Eden (Foyle’s War, Silk)
Based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, the drama will be adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Poirot).