Set during the summer of 1953, Churchill’s Secret tells a little-known part of Winston Churchill’s great life story. Having suffered a life-threatening stroke, which his inner circle conspired to hide from the public, the film charts the course of Churchill’s (played by Cranford‘s Michael Gambon) remarkable recovery with the help of his spirited nurse (Emma‘s Romola Garai).

Told from the point of view of his children, his long-suffering wife, and the men of his cabinet, the film casts an honest light on the tensions within his brilliant and dysfunctional family, and investigates the strain that his great public service wrought upon his private life.

Churchill’s Secret airs as a one-night television event on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8/7c on MASTERPIECE, and stars Michael Gambon (Cranford), Lindsay Duncan, Romola Garai (Emma), and Matthew Macfadyen.




Charlie Hunnam Tapping Inner Steve McQueen In ‘Papillon’ Remake?

EXCLUSIVE: You could have imagined Steve McQueen playing prodigal existentially conflicted biker gang leader Jax Teller in Sons Of Anarchy, so it doesn’t seem a stretch to envision Charlie Hunnam taking on the role originated by McQueen in the 1973 classic prison escape drama Papillon. Wolf Of Wall Street producer Red Granite is putting it together for a fall shoot with Danish director Michael Noer attached to direct a script by Prisoners scribe Aaron Guzikowski.

McQueen played a man unjustly convicted of murder in 1930s France and condemned to life in a South American prison. He plots his escape, aided by a counterfeiter (Dustin Hoffman co-starred) who finances Papillon’s prison escapes in exchange for protection in prison. Tale was scripted by Dalton Trumbo and Lorenzo Semple Jr, directed by Franklin J Schaffner from French convict Henri Charriere’s autobiography.

Hunnam completed shooting the title role of the Guy Ritchie-directed King Arthur: Knights Of The Roundtable, a franchise launch for Warner Bros behind the script by Joby Harold. Hunnam also has the James Gray-directed Lost City Of Z coming.

Source: Charlie Hunnam Tapping Inner Steve McQueen In ‘Papillon’ Remake?


Papillon 1973


For those of you that never knew Steve McQueen, you should know that not only was he a great actor but did all his own driving on motorbikes and car scenes


Here’s one of the best (if not THE best) “chase” scenes ever filmed.  Remember there were no special effects in 1963.

Chase scene from BULLIT





X-Company – Season 2 Jan 27, 2016


X Company’ is a character-driven drama set in a world of espionage and covert operations. The show will be set in WWII, following the stories of five highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British, who are taken from their everyday lives and are trained together in a ultra-secret training facility on the shores of Lake Ontario.

X Company (2015 -)  WWII

Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai join ITV’s Winston Churchill drama – CultBox

Ripper Street 3 Matthew Macfadyen
ITV has announced further casting for their new one-off drama about Sir Winston Churchill set in the 1950s.Churchill’s Secret is based on Jonathan Smith’s recently published book, The Churchill Secret: KBO, and adapted by Stewart Harcourt (Treasure Island).Joining the previously announced Michael Gambon (Harry Potter) as Churchill and Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) as Clementine Churchill will be Romola Garai (The Hour) as nurse Millie Appleyard, Matthew Macfadyen (Ripper Street) as Randolph Churchill, Daisy Lewis (Downton Abbey) as Mary Churchill, Rachael Stirling (The Bletchley Circle) as Sarah Churchill and Tara Fitzgerald (In the Club) as Diana Churchill.The Hour Romola GaraiThe cast also includes Bill Paterson as Lord Moran, James Wilby as Lord Bracken, Alex Jennings as Anthony Eden, Patrick Kennedy as Jock Colville, Christian McKay as Christopher Soames, Chris Larkin as Rab Butler and John Standing as Lord Camrose.Downton Abbey 5 Sarah BuntingThe official synopsis reads: “Set during the summer months of 1953 Churchill—now Prime Minister for the second time and in his late 70’s—suffers a life-threatening stroke, which is kept secret from the world.

“Told from the viewpoint of his young Nurse, Millie Appleyard, the drama follows his battle to recover as his long suffering wife Clemmie desperately hopes the stroke will force Winston to retire while his political friends and foe scheme to plot who will succeed him.

“Meanwhile his adult children descend on Chartwell, unsure if he will pull through, as tensions within his family begin to surface.”

Directed by Charles Sturridge (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Road to Coronation Street), the two-hour film begins filming this month in London, Hayes and at Churchill’s principal family home, Chartwell in Kent.

Source: Matthew Macfadyen and Romola Garai join ITV’s Winston Churchill drama – CultBox

Testament of Youth 2014 (US release 2015)

Testament of Youth (2014)


Adapted by Calendar Girls’ Juliette Towhidi, tells of how the author postponed her studies to Oxford to serve as a nurse in the Great War, during which she lost her fiance and brother. After the war, she tried to resume her life but found herself part of a lost generation, returning to Oxford and becoming a feminist and a writer.



Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain
Kit Harington as Roland Leighton
Hayley Atwell as Hope
Dominic West as Mr. Brittain
Emily Watson as Mrs. Brittain
Colin Morgan as Victor Richardson
Taron Egerton as Edward Brittain
Miranda Richardson as Miss Lorimer


Kit Harington talks about wearing a wig for this film

“It was one of the things I worried most about coming into it,” explains Kit Harington of the decision to don a wig for his latest film role in Testament of Youth. “You can do whatever film you like but if everyone’s just concentrating on your hair there’s no point. It was important for me to do a character that didn’t look like me and to show people that I can look different. It was liberating.”

The 27-year-old actor has got used to talking about his hair. When the first trailer for Testament of Youth was released earlier this year, the internet exploded with headlines such as “Did the BBC make Jon Snow wear a wig?” and it’s been widely reported that his Game of Thrones contract stipulates that he cannot cut his hair. So does that mean he’s constantly recognised?

“I’ve got a disguise,” he says smiling, producing a hair bobble. “I tie it up.”

The young British actor’s career has skyrocketed since his graduation from Central School of Speech and Drama six years ago, with his role as Jon Snow on HBO’s hit show (his first professional gig) making him a household name. Diverse roles in Pompeii, How To Train Your Dragon 2 and the upcoming Spooks have followed, but it is his latest part as Vera Brittain’s fiancé Roland Leighton in the film based on her wartime memoir, Testament of Youth, that sees him at his most unrecognisable – not least because of his lack of hair.

“My character Roland couldn’t be more different to Jon. Jon’s a very introverted, dark character, whereas Roland is an intellectual and an academic,” he explains. “It was nice playing someone a little lighter. A lot of my scenes were the sun-dappled, halcyon memories of their youth, running through fields and falling in love. I had a great time!”

Woman in Gold

Woman in Gold 2015  WWII


US Release April 3, 2015

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren stars in the incredible story of Maria Altmann, a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II. Decades later, determined to salvage some dignity from her past, Maria has taken on a mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold, a portrait of her beloved Aunt Adele. Partnering with an inexperienced but determined young lawyer (Ryan Reynolds), Maria embarks on an epic journey for justice 60 years in the making.

Set in WWII and present-day about a Gustav Klimt portrait of a Holocaust survivor’s aunt and her fight to reclaim what was stolen by the Austrian Nazis.


Helen Mirren as Maria Altmann
Ryan Reynolds as Randol Schoenberg
Katie Holmes as Pam
Daniel Bruhl
Tatiana Maslany as Young Maria Altmann
Frances Fisher
Charles Dance
Max Irons as Fritz
Antje Traue
Tom Schilling
Henry Goodman
Elizabeth McGovern
Jonathan Pryce
Moritz Bleibtreu