26 JUN 2020

FREMANTLE, PASSENGER AND REVOLUTION TO PRODUCE A NEW REAL-LIFE DRAMA

The companies are partnering on a real-life drama series about an extraordinary period in the life of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his government and his country.

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Global producer and distributor Fremantle, Richard Brown’s production company Passenger and Revolution Films are partnering on a real-life drama series about an extraordinary period in the life of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, his government and his country.

Set against the backdrop of the global pandemic, which sparked an unprecedented health emergency in the UK, the series will tell the true story of the biggest national and personal crisis to face a government leader since World War II. From Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister and discovery of the first UK cases of Covid-19 through falling critically ill, to a recovery that coincided with the arrival of his new son - the high-end drama will cover some of the most staggering real-life events to ever befall a UK leader.

The series will be co-written and directed by award-winning British director Michael Winterbottom, with Richard Brown (Passenger) and Melissa Parmenter (Revolution Films) serving as Executive Producers. Tim Shipman, political editor of The Sunday Times, will act as a consultant on the series. Richard Brown’s Passenger and Fremantle recently signed an exclusive multi-year deal to develop and produce scripted drama series.

“There are rare moments in history when leaders find their private lives uniquely connected to national events, where personal experience and official role collide in an unusual way. The last few months in the life of the UK Prime Minister clearly mark one of these moments. At Fremantle we are passionate about finding powerful and authentic stories and telling them with a fair and fact-based approach. Richard and Michael are the perfect creative team to bring this dramatic story to life, in a way that does justice to the true nature of the unbelievable events experienced by one of the world’s most high-profile leaders,”  said Andrea Scrosati, Global COO at Fremantle.

“Michael Winterbottom is the ideal filmmaker to tell the story of the extraordinary events surrounding Boris Johnson’s new government and the Covid-19 pandemic, which has captured the attention of the world. We’re excited to join forces with Michael and Revolution Films on this project, a story which appears to demonstrate that fact is indeed sometimes stranger than fiction,”  Richard Brown added.

At Fremantle we are passionate about finding powerful and authentic stories and telling them with a fair and fact-based approach” Andrea Scrosati Global COO at Fremantle