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CHURCHILL'S SECRET

SYNOPSIS

Set during the summer of 1953, CHURCHILL'S SECRET tells a little-known part of Winston Churchill's great life story. Having suffered a life-threatening stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public, the film charts the course of Winston's remarkable recovery and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought upon his private life.

By now in his late 70s, Prime Minister for the second time and with his sights set on achieving peace with the Russians, the great war god Churchill falters at a public dinner. Confused and emotional, he appears to be entering his dotage - if not his demise.

Unsure if he will survive the weekend, his passionately loyal wife Clementine spirits him away to Chartwell, their private country residence. In the darkest hours, Clemmie calls their children to his bedside. However, the crisis reveals deep divisions within the family. Just as it does within the Conservative party, as those waiting in the wings begin to whisper. The press barons and politicians, unsure who could replace him as leader, agree to keep the situation a secret- an unprecedented event in modern British history.

But Winston won't give up. With the help of Millie, a young and surprisingly spirited nurse, and to the bittersweet relief of Clementine, he lives to fight another day on the front line of international politics. His last great battle in his sights: European re- unification and nuclear disarmament.

Told from the point of view of his family, his doctor, the men he championed and, most touchingly, his young nurse, CHURCHILL'S SECRET follows Winston's extraordinary battle to recover, casting an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family.

CREDITS

Writer

Stewart Harcourt

Director

Charles Sturridge

Producer

Tim Bricknell

Executive Producer

David Aukin, Hal Vogel, Rebecca Eaton, Sally Miles

Line Producer

Emma Pike

Director of Photography

Fabian Wagner BSC

Production Designer

Michael Howellsl

Costume Designer

Charlotte Walker

Make-Up & Hair Designer

Wakana Yoshihara

Editor

Adam Green

Music

Adrian Johnston

Brendan Bracken

James Wilby

Anthony Eden

Alex Jennings

Randolph Churchill

Matthew Macfadyen

Rosie Hopper

Matilda Sturridge

De Gasperi

Peter Brown

Sgt Murray

Ian Mercer

Young Randolph

William Blenkinsop

Young Diana

Eloise Webb

Young Sarah

Dixie Egerickx

Young Nicholas

Harper Gray

Young Emma

Molly Ashby

Marigold

Margot Orr

Winston Churchill

Michael Gambon

Clemmie Churchill

Lindsay Duncan

Millie Appleyard

Romola Garai

Lord Moran

Bill Paterson

Diana Churchill

Tara Fitzgerald

Sarah Churchill

Rachael Stirling

Jock Colville

Patrick Kennedy

Christopher Soames

Christian McKay

Rab Butler

Chris Larkin

Mary Churchill 

Daisy Lewis

Lord Beaverbrook

Matthew Marsh 

Lord Camrose

John Standing