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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.

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Winston Churchill
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Nurse Millie Appleyard
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Clemmie Churchill
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Mary Churchill
Matilda Sturridge ...
Rosie Hopper
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De Gasperi (as Peter Brown)
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Jock Colville
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Christopher Soames
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Rab Butler
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Lord Moran
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Sgt Murray
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Lord Beaverbrook
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Lord Camrose
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Brendan Bracken
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Diana Churchill
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Sarah Churchill
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Randolph Churchill
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Anthony Eden
William Blenkinsop ...
Young Randolph
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Young Diana
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Young Sarah
Harper Gray ...
Young Nicholas Soames
Molly Ashby ...
Young Emma Soames
Margot Orr ...
Marigold
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Delegate (uncredited)
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James Thomas Scott ...
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Ernest Vernon ...
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Jon Wennington ...
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Michael Kerry White ...
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Directed by

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Charles Sturridge

Written by

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Jonathan Smith ... (based on the novel "The Churchill Secret - KBO" by)
 
Stewart Harcourt ... (screenplay)

Produced by

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David Aukin ... executive producer
Tim Bricknell ... producer
Rebecca Eaton ... executive producer: Masterpiece
Thomas Hawkins ... associate producer
Emma Pike ... line producer
Hal Vogel ... executive producer

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Adrian Johnston

Cinematography by

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Fabian Wagner ... director of photography

Film Editing by

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Adam Green

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Peter Collins ... head of data management
Georgina Cranmer ... data wrangler
Gianluca Ferrari ... digital film bureau
Lawrence Hook ... digital film bureau
Gemma McKeon ... digital intermediate assistant
Daniel Tomlinson ... digital on-line editor
Jonathan Collard ... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)

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Celestia Fox

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Michael Howells

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Fabrice Spelta ... supervising art director

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Tanya Bowd

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Charlotte Walter

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Nathaniel De'Lineadeus ... dental FX design and manufacture
Nicola Iles ... hair & make up artist
Dana Kalder ... key hair stylist / key makeup artist
Chris Lyons ... special effects teeth
Lisa Mustafa ... key makeup artist
Lucy Willis ... hair daily
Wakana Yoshihara ... make up designer: hair designer

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Mark Harris ... post-production supervisor
Lauren McGuiness ... post-production supervisor: Masterpiece

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Rosie Barber ... third assistant director: dailies
Mark Goddard ... assistant director
Marios Hamboulides ... assistant director
Lynsey Muir ... second assistant director
Ed Ripley ... first assistant director: second unit / third assistant director
Vanluke Watson ... third assistant director

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Sam Creed ... stand by props
Chris Evans-Wilson ... assistant art director
Laura Mickiewicz ... art department assistant
Rowena Oven ... graphics designer
Sophie Tarver ... props
Daniel Warren ... art dept assistant

Sound Department

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Christopher Atkinson ... sound maintenance
Fraser Barber ... sound recordist
Simon Diggins ... adr mixer
Karolina Dziwinska ... sound post producer
Sue Harding ... foley artist
Kasper Pedersen ... assistant sound editor
Julien Pirrie ... foley recordist/editor
Jamie Roden ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
James Sawyer ... boom operator
Mathias Schuster ... sound effects editor
Robbie Scott ... sound mix technician
Will Thomas ... foley assistant
Peter Gleaves ... adr mixer (uncredited)

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Adam Glasman ... digital intermediate colourist
Jaime Leonard ... visual effects artist
Dominic Thomson ... visual effects supervisor
Simon Wilkinson ... visual effects

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Tommy Boulet ... camera trainee
Jamie Brittain ... grip: dailies
John Davis ... first assistant camera
Jonathan England ... 1st AC - A Cam
James Foreman ... electrician
Thomas Graham ... grip trainee
Jordan Heath ... trainee
Mat Holloway ... electrician
Angela Garcia Manchado ... b camera clapper loader
Alexandra Médeville ... 2nd camera assistant: a camera
Dan Nightingale ... director of photography: second unit (as Daniel Nightingale)
Carolina Schmidtholstein ... gaffer
Torren Simonsz ... Camera Trainee
Robert Viglasky ... still photographer
Steve Weightman ... key grip
Constandinos Dean Zimarakis ... grip trainee: dailies

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Carla Bartley ... executive in charge of casting
Sally McCleery ... casting assistant

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Daniela Cazmal ... costume assistant
Nadine Davern ... costume supervisor
Aileen Faller ... daily costume assistant
Kathryn Sutcliffe ... costume standby: dailies

Location Management

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Julian Bivol ... location marshall
Samantha Choat ... location marshal: dailies
Jon Zarych ... Location Assistant / Location Scout
Lenart Cernilogar ... location marshall (uncredited)

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Steve Parr ... score recorded by

Transportation Department

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Michael Geary ... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Imran Hussain ... unit driver
Andy Blackburn ... transportation captain (uncredited)

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Jim Anderson ... archive reseacher
Rosie Barber ... floor runner
Roy Beck ... stand-In/double Michael Gambon & Matthew Macfadyen
Annabel Bennett ... production assistant
Mel Claus Crawford ... production coordinator (as Melanie Claus)
Mark Dillen ... security
Albion Gee ... rushes runner
Nancy Gryspeerdt ... script editor
Sarah Hayward ... script supervisor
Joe Hennessy ... head of security
Michelle Pauly ... assistant production accountant
Tig Shabka ... stand in and double
Neil Swain ... voice consultant: Michael Gambon
Ruby Pia Tucker ... additional 3rd assistant director
Martin Walker ... unit manager
Jonathan Wayre ... newsreel cameras & microphones supplied by

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Plot Summary

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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Also Known As
  • Churchills hemlighet (Finland, Swedish title)
  • Churchillin salaisuus (Finland)
  • Секрет Черчилля (Russia)
  • Churchills hemlighet (Sweden)
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Trivia In the title of Jonathan Smith's book "The Churchill Secret - KBO" on which this film is based, "KBO" is an abbreviation for a phrase commonly used by Churchill; "Keep Buggering On" (in other words, don't give up). See more »
Goofs Near the end Churchill gives the nurse a signed copy of one of his books. The book, "A History of the English Speaking Peoples, Volume II" was not published until several years later. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #1.1 (2016). See more »
Soundtracks I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles See more »
Quotes [Clemmie wants Winston to retire from being PM, and to spend his time at Chartwell. He is determined to continue, despite his stroke. His immediate aim is to attend the Conservative Party conference in Margate. Foreign Secretary Anthony Eden has just visited, expecting Winston to announce his resignation]
Clemmie Churchill: I thought Anthony was looking well... if a bit thin.
Winston Churchill: Clemmie, if I'm wrong and I can't get through Margate, then I'm all yours. That's my promise. If I fall, there's nowhere I want to fall except in your arms.
Clemmie Churchill: You've made promises to me before, darling.
Winston Churchill: I know.
Clemmie Churchill: And broken them.
Winston Churchill: But not any more.
Clemmie Churchill: [with resignation] Margate, then.
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