While the hunt for Boris Johnson’s successor as Prime Minister and Conservative party leader was ongoing Channel 4 announced a new documentary series.
Boris Johnson who dominated the news in 2022, usually not in a good way. For better or for worse, our nation is fascinated by the story of Alexander Boris De Pfeffel Johnson and his rise and current fall from grace and power.
Channel 4 is cashes in on that interest, striking while the iron is hot. The channel bosses commissioned a four-part documentary series about Johnson from 72 Films, the studio behind Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story. The title for the series is simply Boris.
“Through a combination of rare archive footage and with access to those with intimate knowledge of Johnson over the years, the four hour-long episodes hears from both his friends and enemies to reveal his true persona,”. It is also said to provide “greater insight into his actions, his ambition and the real events that have shaped modern British politics.”
“We aimed to make a series that both his supporters and enemies will find fresh and interesting,” said David Glover, the executive producer for 72 Films.
Channel 4’s Chief Content Officer Ian Katz said: “However the story of Boris Johnson’s political career ends, he has done more to change Britain and the nature of our politics than any other recent political figure. This landmark series tries to answer the question of what shaped the boy who wanted to be king of the world and how he grew to believe that he could escape the laws of political gravity.”
Kenneth Branagh has also been busy, recently starring as Johnson in This England, a 2022 Sky drama about the pandemic and Johnson’s involvement in it. Written by Michael Winterbottom.