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Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years 

The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.
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...  Winston Churchill 8 episodes, 1981
...  Clementine Churchill 8 episodes, 1981
...  Randolph Churchill 8 episodes, 1981
...  Brendan Bracken 8 episodes, 1981
...  Stanley Baldwin 8 episodes, 1981
...  Neville Chamberlain 8 episodes, 1981
...  Sir Samuel Hoare 8 episodes, 1981
David Swift ...  Professor Lindemann 6 episodes, 1981
...  Mrs. Pearman 6 episodes, 1981
Paul McDowell ...  Butler at Chartwell 6 episodes, 1981
...  Ramsay McDonald 5 episodes, 1981
Marcella Markham ...  Nancy Astor 5 episodes, 1981
Derek Ensor ...  Speaker of the House 5 episodes, 1981
...  Sarah Churchill 4 episodes, 1981
Katharine Levy ...  Mary Churchill 3 episodes, 1981
...  Ralph Wigram 3 episodes, 1981
David Quilter ...  Wing-Commander Torr Anderson 3 episodes, 1981
Tony Mathews ...  Anthony Eden 3 episodes, 1981
Ian Collier ...  Harold Macmillan 3 episodes, 1981
...  Lord Swinton 3 episodes, 1981
Tamsin Murray-Leach ...  Mary Churchill, as a child 2 episodes, 1981
Moray Watson ...  Major Desmond Morton 2 episodes, 1981
...  Sir Thomas Inskip 2 episodes, 1981
Richard Murdoch ...  Lord Halifax 2 episodes, 1981
...  Sir Horace Wilson 2 episodes, 1981
...  Lord Beaverbrook 2 episodes, 1981
Diane Fletcher ...  Ava Wigram 2 episodes, 1981
David Markham ...  Duke of Marlborough 2 episodes, 1981
...  Sir Louis Kershaw 2 episodes, 1981
...  Harlod Robinson / ... 2 episodes, 1981
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The story of Winston Churchill's life between 1929, when he lost his cabinet position, and 1939, when he joined Great Britain's War Cabinet - a period he described as the most difficult in his life.

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In 2016, Mark Lawson ranked this for The Guardian as the second most memorable television portrayal of Winston Churchill, beaten only by Albert Finney in The Gathering Storm (2002). See more »

Goofs

In the first episode, "Down and Out," Churchill is seen giving a speech in the USA in 1929. A US flag is visible to his right, and the field (with the stars) is visible. The stars are in staggered rows, meaning it is a 50 star US flag. A 48-star flag, as in use in 1929, would have even rows of stars (six rows of eight). See more »

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Referenced in 28 Up (1984) See more »

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Outstanding drama, shot in THE location
29 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

Have to agree with everything that the others have said before me. This is a superb, outstanding drama and the kind of thing that good modern history lessons should be built around in school. One or two others have described it as flawless - I agree: and some of the dramatic touches added by the lighting are almost genius. One thing that some people may not know is that some of it - particularly some of the outdoor scenes but also I suspect, some appropriate indoor scenes - were shot at Chartwell, Churchill's country house which is preserved for the public and has a warm and friendly, home "family" atmosphere. And yes, Churchill did indeed get a kick out of building a wall or two there, as well as painting some interesting pictures - his art is much more highly regarded by the critics than Hitler's!!


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