CHURCHILL

Brian Cox — no, the other one — takes on his great­est acting chal­lenge to date: play­ing an adorable nod­ding dog who be­comes PM.

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GIVEN POR­TRAY­ALS OF Churchill are way be­yond dart-score fig­ures, you’d think there was lit­tle left to say about Bri­tain’s jowly leader. Well, think again. Set dur­ing the 48 hours lead­ing up to D-day, Jonathan Teplitzky’s time-bomb drama bunkers down in Down­ing Street’s War Room where Churchill faced a bat­tle on three fronts: the Nazi war ma­chine, his own ob­du­rate gen­er­als and an in­ter­nal con­flict with de­bil­i­tat­ing de­pres­sion. With the mighty Brian Cox as its lead, this prom­ises to re­cast a myth­i­cal fig­ure in all-too hu­man form.

“What we’ve un­cov­ered flies in the face of pub­lic per­cep­tion,” says Teplitzky. “Many peo­ple will be shocked to hear Churchill was in to­tal op­po­si­tion to D-day. He feared Op­er­a­tion Over­lord would be an­other Gal­lipoli.”

Joined by a stel­lar en­sem­ble in­clud­ing Mi­randa Richard­son as Clem­mie Churchill, James Pure­foy as King George VI and Ella Pur­nell as Churchill’s sec­re­tary, Cox looks, sounds and wad­dles like the real thing.

“Churchill was an MP in my home town [Dundee], so this is a role of a life­time,” he says. “He was an as­ton­ish­ingly com­plex char­ac­ter. He could be volatile, funny, a drunk, a ras­cal, of­ten a big baby, but also a ge­nius and a man of des­tiny.this isn’t about Churchill the icon — it’s about the man.” One thing’s for sure: you’ll never look at a five-pound note in quite the same way again...

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