Churchill's Secret

Synopsis: In June 1953, two years after he was re-elected as Prime Minister Winston Churchill collapses following a dinner party at Downing Street. Diagnosed by his doctor Lord Moran as having a stroke there are fears that he may not survive and he is taken to his country home Chartwell. Publicly he is said to be suffering from exhaustion and the newspaper owners consent to printing the deception. As his children arrive to watch over him they feud over son Randolph's drinking and daughter Sarah's less than illustrious film career whilst Winston's wife Clemmie reflects on the loss of another daughter who died in infancy. The Cabinet is informed of events as Moran brings in plain-spoken Yorkshire nurse Millie Appleyard to look after the great man. With her help and his wife's devotion Churchill survives to address the Conservative party conference later in the year, before retiring as premier two years later, the country as a whole being unaware all along of Churchill's secret.
Director(s): Charles Sturridge
  6 nominations.
 
IMDB:
6.7
PG
Year:
2016
100 min
13 Views

just drop. Now...

Do you remember a few years back

you found it difficult

to squeeze the paint out of the tubes?

- The Monte Carlo clutch, yes.

- Well, this could be the same.

Well, just give me a pill.

You put in up in Monte Carlo

with your red pills.

Yes, well, I'll give you something, but...

then you must rest up

'til we find out what's going on.

Very nice. I like to be serenaded

when I'm working.

Now the brain is a very delicate

and complicated thing.

Billions of connections.

Billions!

- Very precise, is that a medical term?

- No, behave.

If my brain's got billions of connections,

then quite a few will still be working.

I've only ever needed half a dozen

to take a cabinet meeting.

What did the Americans want last night?

Nothing serious.

Eisenhower wanted to go through

the social arrangements.

A little bird tells me Moran is here.

Yes. Just routine.

He's an old man, Chris.

We love him, but it's time he stood aside.

Let Eden take the strain,

for his own good, as well as the party's.

But Anthony's in no shape

to take over at the moment, is he?

He's in America,

getting his gall bladder fixed.

Your man's sicker than Winston.

He'll be alright after

he's been under the knife.

- And when is that?

- Tonight.

- Is the Bermuda conference first?

- Fourth, Prime Minister.

Korea first, then German elections,

then commercial television.

- Stay close.

- Let's let them in.

Is it another stroke?

That's what I suspect.

Now, he needs complete rest,

so this Bermuda trip next week is perfect.

Three weeks at sea, no distractions.

- I'll go and see him.

- I'm afraid he's taking cabinet.

- You let him take cabinet?

- I couldn't stop him.

He's your patient, Charles!

It's your job to stop him.

There was nothing I could do.

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Stewart Harcourt

Stewart Harcourt is a British screenwriter and showrunner. He has created, written, and executive produced the series Maigret (ITV, 2016), Agatha Raisin (Sky, 2016), Love and Marriage (ITV, 2013), Jericho (ITV, 2005) and Hearts and Bones (BBC, 2000-2001). He has written screenplays for Agatha Christie's shows Poirot and Marple, and also adapted the novels Treasure Island for Sky, Dracula for BBC, and Churchill's Secret for ITV. more…

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