Doctor Who actress to play Theresa May in TV docudrama

Written by Rod Muir on 13 June 2017 in Culture

Boris Johnson and Michael Gove are also being portrayed on the small screen.

As most people wonder how long Theresa May can cling to power, a new docudrama will show how she got there in the first place.

Theresa vs Boris: How May Became PM airs on Sunday and focuses on the 20 days between the Brexit vote and May becoming Conservative leader and prime minister.

It will recount how May became the front runner in the Tory leadership race when her main rival Boris Johnson dramatically dropped out after being knifed by his ally Michael Gove. Scenes include May at a hustings event during her leadership bid and Johnson holding a curry night with his supporters.

The programme will also feature interviews with others involved in the Tory power battle, including former ministers Nicky Morgan and Iain Duncan Smith.



Doctor Who actress Jacqueline King stars as May while Will Barton plays Johnson.

The part of Gove – who was described at the time as a modern Brutus – is played by Inbetweeners actor John Seaward.



The BBC said the programme was based on "exhaustive research and first-person testimonies" and would "lay bare the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders" of the time.

BBC Two controller Patrick Holland previously said of the drama: "It gives the audience a way of getting to the heart of that story. There are revelations that will be compelling and intriguing."




Theresa vs Boris: How May Became PM airs on Sunday at 21:00 BST on BBC Two.


All pictures by Juniper Communications Limited/Katherine Edwards.

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