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Churchill's Secret (2016)

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill 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 Millie Appleyard
Lindsay Duncan ... Clemmie Churchill
Daisy Lewis ... Mary Churchill
Matilda Sturridge Matilda Sturridge ... Rosie Hopper
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 Churchill


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

11 September 2016 (USA) See more »

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Churchills hemlighet See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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1.78 : 1
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This is the second time that Bill Patterson has ministered to an bedridden Michael Gambon. He previously played the psychiatrist Dr. Gibbon who treated Gambon's character Philip Marlow in The Singing Detective (1986). See more »


Nurse Appleyard wears a "Royal College Of Nursing" Badge. She should also be wearing a "General Nursing Council" badge [Silver and Blue enamel], which would be her "State Registered Nurse" qualification badge [SRN]. 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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References That Hamilton Woman (1941) See more »


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Easily forgettable
1 March 2016 | by benbrae76See all my reviews

I looked forward to this production with anticipation of something great, particularly with the wealth of acting talent on hand. But oh dear! What a disappointment!

Michael Gambon/Churchill took to his bed and seemed to want to stay there and forget about the whole thing.

The rest of the cast looked equally bored and I'm not surprised. Even their combined talent couldn't rescue this tedious and utterly pointless badly-constructed and ill-scripted piece of alleged 'factual' drama in which one of the central characters...the nurse...was actually fictitious. As for the plot...what plot? There's very little plot in it to discuss.

No doubt there will be those who will drool over it and call it 'art', but it's already gone to the back-burner of my mind as easily forgettable, and never to be watched again.

In short it was a waste of time and effort for both cast and viewer.

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