This England, an upcoming six-part miniseries starring Kenneth Branagh, will be presented by Sky Atlantic. The show will focus on the Johnson administrations' handling of the first wave of the COVID-19 epidemic.
The miniseries, which was originally titled This Sceptred Isle, is based on first-hand testimony from people inside 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, and the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies. Besides unpacking the governments handling of the pandemic, there are discussions in the teaser about the potential economic consequences of a lockdown, as well as how it may affect the public's perception of the Johnson administration. The prime minister's personal life and the National Health Service
Carrie Symonds is played by Ophelia Lovibond while Simon Paisley Day is played by Johnson's former adviser Dominic Cummings, who was critical of Johnson's decision-making during the epidemic when he resigned from his position in 2020. Johnson was played by Richard Goulding in the television drama Brexit: The Uncivil War.
The new teaser teases Johnson's lingering discord over Cummings, with one character declaring in the background that Johnson should take him to the hospital, probably after contracting the virus himself. At the end, Johnson says he will cherish this blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England.
Branagh's acting career has largely consisted of him doing nothing with the prosthetics, although This England's tone and ideology might evoke those of The Comey Rule, a Showtime miniseries played by Brendan Gleeson as former President Donald Trump. From 2008 to 2016, he acted in three Christopher Nolan films: Dunkirk, Tenet, and the upcoming Oppenheimer.
Branagh has remained busy as a filmmaker. In addition to the Poirot duology, he directed the already forgotten Artemis Fowl adaptation and the critically acclaimed Belfast film, which won him a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.
This England is co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, and will be released on Sky Atlantic and the streaming service on 21 September. Watch the teaser here, and stay tuned to Collider for further updates.