Banijay Rights announced it has acquired global distribution rights to "Boris" (working title), a new 72 Films documentary series that chronicles the rise and fall of former British Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Produced by 72 Films (The Trump Show, Crime & Punishment) for Channel 4 in the UK, "Boris" is the definitive documentary series that reveals the events that shaped Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson, his meteoric rise to power and his extraordinary premiership. Banijay Rights will represent "Boris" globally.
Simon Cox, EVP Content & Acquisitions, Banijay Rights, said: “Boris gives a deep insight into one of the UK’s most mystifying and controversial political leaders, revealing how early life events shaped Boris Johnson’s character right up to his tenure as the country’s most powerful man. We’re in no doubt 72 Films’ extraordinary series will be an eye-opening account for international buyers.”
"If there’s one single person whose life depicts the recent history of Britain - it’s Boris Johnson. He led the Brexit campaign, was both prime minister and in intensive care during Covid, and is connected to both Russia and Ukraine. This documentary series tells the life story of one of the world’s most compelling characters,” Mark Raphael, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at 72 Films, added.
Through a combination of rare archive footage and access to those with intimate knowledge of Johnson over the years, the 4 x 60’ series will hear from his friends and enemies to reveal his true persona. The films will give greater insight into his actions, his ambition, and the real events that have shaped modern British politics. Executive produced by 72 Films’ David Glover, the series divulges how the seeds of political rivalries still being felt in British politics all began in the corridors at Eton, where Johnson beat David Cameron to the prestigious role of School Captain, and how he sharpened his skills whilst campaigning for Student President at Oxford. It also explores his rise and rise as a politician, becoming mayor of London and finally achieving his dream job: Prime Minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.