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Churchill's Secret (2016)

British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (Sir Michael Gambon) suffers from a stroke in the summer of 1953, which is consequently kept a secret from the rest of the world.


Charles Sturridge


Jonathan Smith (based on the novel "The Churchill Secret - KBO" by), Stewart Harcourt (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Winston Churchill
Romola Garai ... Nurse Appleyard
Lindsay Duncan ... Clemmie Churchill
Daisy Lewis ... Mary
Matilda Sturridge Matilda Sturridge ... Rosie
Peter Agnelli ... De Gasperi (as Peter Brown)
Patrick Kennedy ... Jock Colville
Christian McKay ... Christopher Soames
Chris Larkin ... Rab Butler
Bill Paterson ... Lord Moran
Ian Mercer ... Sgt Murray
Matthew Marsh ... Lord Beaverbrook
John Standing ... Lord Camrose
James Wilby ... Brendan Bracken
Tara Fitzgerald ... Diana


In June 1953, two years after he was re-elected as Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill (Sir Michael Gambon) collapses following a dinner party at 10 Downing Street. Diagnosed by Dr. Lord Moran (Bill Paterson) 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 (Matthew Macfadyen's) drinking and daughter Sarah's (Rachael Stirling's) less than illustrious movie career, while Winston's wife Clemmie (Lindsay Duncan) 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 (Romola Garai) 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 ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Churchill rejects sitting on a stool to give the Margate party conference speech, saying "I'm not sitting in a bar singing White Christmas." The film and song actually came out in 1954, approximately one year after the events depicted in this film. See more »


[Winston is giving a speech to the Conservative Party conference in Margate. After faltering, he abandons the rest of his speech, as he had arranged he would do if he got into difficulties, and moves to a rousing finale]
Winston Churchill: One word personally about myself. If I stay on for the time being, bearing the burden at my age, it is not because of love of power or office - I've had an ample share of both. If I stay it is because I have a feeling that I may, through things that have happened, have an ...
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Featured in Too Much TV: Episode #1.1 (2016) See more »


I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
Written by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Performed by Michael Gambon
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22 October 2019 | by derbyjderbySee all my reviews

If you rangefinder 8,you either are not British or do not know your History,or both!

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Release Date:

11 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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