Watch Kenneth Branagh transform into Boris Johnson in ‘This England’ trailer

The Sky drama charts Boris Johnson’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic

A teaser trailer has been released for Sky drama This England, starring Kenneth Branagh as Boris Johnson.

The series, co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom, is based on Johnson’s first months as prime minister and the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in the UK.

A synopsis reads: “The drama takes us inside the halls of power, as Johnson grapples with COVID-19, Brexit, and a personal and political life wracked by controversy.


“The events in government are interwoven with first-hand testimonies from around the UK, from the experts and scientists racing against time to understand the virus; the doctors, nurses and care-home workers on the frontline working tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome it; and ordinary people whose lives were thrown into turmoil.”

Alongside Branagh, the show stars Ophelia Lovibond (Feel Good) as Carrie Johnson and Andrew Buchan (The Crown) as former Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

While an exact release date is yet to be announced, This England is scheduled to be released on Sky Atlantic and NOW later this year.

Andrew Buchan Matt Hancock
Andrew Buchan as Matt Hancock in ‘This England’ CREDIT: Sky

Branagh was recently cast in Christopher Nolan’s next film Oppenheimer, alongside Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr, Florence Pugh and Rami Malek.


The film follows theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer (Murphy) and his contributions to the Manhattan Project which led to the creation of the atomic bomb. Oppenheimer is scheduled to be released on July 21, 2023.