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Wallander writer creates screenplay while the hunt is on for stars to play party leaders

Britain stood on a political cliff-edge three years ago as the three main parties negotiated to forge a government. Now a television drama will attempt to show the conflict and tensions inside Downing Street as the country waited to hear who would form a coalition.

The drama, adapted by Richard Cottan, writer of the BBC's praised Wallander, is to be based on the recent book by former New Labour minister Andrew Adonis. After a fraught bidding war between television production companies, the rights to turn 5 Days in May into a screenplay were secured last week by the people behind the BBC police drama Line of Duty and the post-second world war spy series The Bletchley Circle.

The coalition drama will centre on the frantic deals being cut by a small cast of characters – including Gordon Brown, »

- Vanessa Thorpe

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