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Who will play May? The discerning critic’s guide to Prime Minister biopics

Churchill and Thatcher are popular subjects—but what makes a good Downing Street flick? And when will we finally get the Gordon Brown biopic we deserve?

By Caspar Salmon  

The poster for Churchill. Photo: Cohen Media Group

Last week a new trailer was released for Darkest Hour, the second Winston Churchill biopic to grace our screens this year after the somewhat less dramatically titled Churchill. Why anybody in 2017 would want to see a film about a strong leader at a time of great conflict for Britain is anyone’s guess—but the fact remains that Churchill does seem to exert an on-screen appeal unlike that of any other British prime minister. Can anyone hope to match Churchill’s silver screen dominion?

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