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This England: We have a preview of the Boris & Carrie drama…

It’s the big-budget non-fiction drama that promises to tell the story of the pandemic as well as the prime minister’s leadership. With a stellar cast including Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson and glamorous up-and-coming actress Ophelia Lovibond as his wife Carrie, there are all signs that it is an informed behind-the-scenes look at the once-in-a-generation Covid outbreak.

Sky Atlantic, which will show the six-part series later this month, says it will be following the impact of the coronavirus on Britain and the response from scientists, nurses and doctors who have worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus .

But This England – written and directed by left-leaning filmmaker Michael Winterbottom – never misses an opportunity to denigrate Mr Johnson personally and professionally, to misrepresent him and extract details from his private life that have nothing to do with his role in prosecuting the pandemic to have.

Mr Winterbottom, a staunch Labor Party supporter and close friend of actor Steve Coogan, penned storylines that ensure viewers are continually reminded of Mr Johnson’s former romantic partners, while his relationships with his older children are painfully portrayed as difficult.

Just minutes into the first episode, Charles Dance, who plays Sir Max Hastings, who was Mr Johnson’s editor at The Daily Telegraph, says of him: “Dignity still matters in public life, Boris Johnson will never have it.

“For many of us, his upheaval will mean Britain relinquishing any pretense of being a serious country. I have a feeling Johnson will regret selling the price he fought for for so long.

Next comes a sickening scene where viewers hear Mr. and Mrs. Johnson having sex. Seconds later, the screen reveals that their son Wilfred was born nine months after they moved into Downing Street.

Meanwhile, Mr Johnson’s former lovers appear in dreams, which are used throughout the series to sell stories with no relevance to the pandemic. As Mr Johnson sleeps, a voice reminds him of his romance with writer Petronella Wyatt, while footage of blonde American entrepreneur Jennifer Arcuri is used to haunt the then Prime Minister.

A source linked to This England told The Mail on Sunday: “What some people in the crew fail to understand is how the series can be described as just about the pandemic and the heroics of the NHS goes, although it was actually used as a tool to beat Boris.

“It’s unmistakable. It seems to be quite a low hit. You would think their main agenda is gutting Boris and Carrie rather than emphasizing the truths about our NHS heroes.

And on the opposite page, Nadine Dorries, culture secretary in Mr Johnson’s cabinet, calls the program “dangerously biased”, “contrived” and seemingly “intended to belittle Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie in the eyes of the world”.

This England also includes graphic scenes, including one where Mrs. Johnson’s water ruptures just before she gives birth to Wilfred. She is also seen vomiting into a toilet when she appears to be suffering from morning sickness.

And even as the series recounts Mr Johnson’s own struggles with Covid, the scenes come across as intrusive. He is sweating in intensive care and is depicted as being fed water through a straw.

During his stay at St Thomas’ Hospital in London, viewers will see the then Prime Minister having deathbed dreams involving his ex-wife Marina Wheeler and his daughters berating him. At one point, Ms. Wheeler says, “Here lies the man who wronged me,” before screaming out loud.

The Johnsons are further misrepresented when their 2019 holiday is shown on Mustique.

Branagh and Lovibond travel to the West Indies on a private jet and sip champagne. In fact, Boris and Carrie flew economy with British Airways.

In a humorous recurring theme, Mr Johnson is depicted giving poop bags to his employees when he asks them to walk his dog, Dilyn. In general, too, the impression is created that the PM cares more about the animal than about his wife, whose worries about her pregnancy he often cheerfully ignores.

Indeed, Mr Winterbottom mischievously shows Mrs Johnson confiding in a male staff member at Downing Street whom she asks to accompany her to the hospital, invites her to her baby shower and confides in her that she is expecting a boy. There is no evidence that the real Carrie Johnson had such a male confidante.

Branagh’s impersonation of Mr Johnson is charismatic – he uses his experience as a Shakespearean actor to ape Mr Johnson’s love of quoting the Bard in times of crisis.

Mr. Winterbottom originally planned a scene involving Mr. Johnson’s teenage daughter from his relationship with art consultant Helen McIntyre. But that was scrapped after The Mail on Sunday revealed the plot she was to meet her new little brother Wilfred.

The program also stars stage actor Simon Paisley Day as Dominic Cummings and Andrew Buchan – star of ITV drama Broadchurch – as then Health Secretary Matt Hancock as it documents how the two were at war during the pandemic.

The show includes Cummings’ infamous trip to Barnard Castle, as well as portraying him and Lee Cain, the Prime Minister’s former communications director, behaving aggressively towards staff at No. 10.

Mr Winterbottom left production during filming and was replaced by The Crown manager Julian Jarrold.

Disclaimers were added before each episode stating that it is “fiction based on real events” after the MoS pointed out inaccuracies.

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