Sir Kenneth Branagh is set to star as Boris Johnson in This Sceptred Isle, a five-part drama series on Sky television. Over the years, a number of actors have taken on the role of Prime Minister.
1 In the 1941 film Turned Out Nice Again, George Formby donned a bushy moustache to play Neville Chamberlain. In the key scene, Chamberlain returns from Munich brandishing a peace agreement. He then bursts into song:
‘I were walking in Munich last night as peaceful as can be
When a little German big-wig says, ‘Let’s have a cuppa tea!’
He said his name was Adolf and he’d see what he could do
He’d travelled from Bavaria on the number 42
He said ‘My boy do what I say and you’ll never go astray — No matter if the rain should fall and the sky starts turning grey —
Just keep your little piece of paper in your hand, yes, son
Just keep your little piece of paper in your hand!’
More recently, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was played by Richard Wilson, best known for his role as Victor Meldrew in the long-running TV series One Foot In The Grave
2 More recently, Prime Minister Gordon Brown was played by Richard Wilson, best known for his role as Victor Meldrew in the long-running TV series One Foot In The Grave. The play revolved around Mr Brown’s chance meeting with member of the public Gillian Duffy (played by Miriam Margolyes). After being taken to task on issues including immigration and crime, Brown returns to his car in a temper, and calls Mrs Duffy a bigoted woman. Told his microphone is still on, he replies: ‘I don’t believe it!’
3 Edward Heath was the only British Prime Minister to have played himself on the English stage. Having forfeited the leadership of the Conservative party to Margaret Thatcher in 1975, he occupied the next ten years touring in the costume drama, Victory For Common Sense.
In it, the hugely popular Prime Minister, Edmund Teeth, decides ‘with great regret’ to send the vicious upstart Marjorie Hatcher into exile, a brave decision for which he is universally applauded.
4 Prime Minister William Gladstone is to be played by Idris Elba, opposite Mariah Carey as Queen Victoria in the upcoming Netflix drama ‘Glad’, scripted by Peter Morgan, writer of The Crown. The series is based on years of research. ‘I have come to see Victoria as a passionate American woman who came from poverty to take on the most important job in the world. If it hadn’t been for the passionate love of heartbreaker William Gladstone, I doubt she would have been able to cope.’
The series also stars Julian Clary as put-upon husband Prince Albert, and Jamie Dornan as serial killer Benjamin Disraeli.
5 In the forthcoming TV dramatisation of the diaries of Tory minister’s wife Sasha Swire, the role of Prime Minister David Cameron will be played by Danny Dyer.
Dyer, who is a direct descendant of King Edward III, says that he hopes to bring out ‘the more aristocratic side of David Cameron. Up to now, too much has been made of Dave’s working-class roots, but I aim to change all that. Take it from me, he’s one classy geezer’.
In the opening scene, Cameron is seen strolling in the countryside alongside Mrs Swire. On the spur of the moment, he blurts out that her perfume ‘makes me want to push you into the bushes and give you one’.
The two of them then burst into a spirited rendition of the Abba classic Gimme Gimme Gimme (A Man After Midnight), while Mrs Cameron (played by Dame Maggie Smith) pops up from behind a gorse bush and wags a disapproving finger at them both.
The short-lived premiership of Theresa May is to be the subject of a new six-part BBC drama series, The Vixen. The part of Mrs May is to be taken by former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson
6 The short-lived premiership of Theresa May is to be the subject of a new six-part BBC drama series, The Vixen.
The part of Mrs May is to be taken by former Baywatch star Pamela Anderson.
‘In the past I have been pushed into glamour roles,’ says Anderson, ‘but that’s never been the real me. So this presents a tremendous opportunity to display my more serious and vulnerable side.’
In the first episode, Theresa May is seen discussing fiscal policy with Chancellor Philip Hammond (Aidan Turner) as they run along the beach at Trebetherick, in Cornwall, in their couture swimwear.
When a passing wave drags Theresa out to sea, Dr Liam Fox (Daniel Craig) swims to the rescue.
‘It’s all based on solid fact’, explains acclaimed series producer Dan Wright-Phibbs. ‘After all, Theresa May herself has admitted she often used to run naked through fields of wheat. Or words to that effect.’