Concerns about the government’s satirical TV drama have been raised by the Covid inquiry.
PRODUCERS of a contentious TV drama about Boris Johnson have been warned against creating a Crown-style “alternative history” that could sway the Covid investigation.
This Sceptred Isle is a five-part series that will premiere on Sky Atlantic in the autumn of next year, at the same time as a government-led inquiry examining the pandemic’s handling is expected to convene. However, opponents have warned that it must not confuse fact with fiction, citing a supposed “satirical” approach and a rumoured “dream sex scene” featuring the Prime Minister and his wife Carrie.
“It will describe the initial wave of the epidemic, based on testimonials from people from the government, the Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies, care homes, and hospitals,” according to Sky.
“It will track the events surrounding the Prime Minister, the Government, and the country in the face of the global pandemic’s initial wave,” it continues.
Sir Kenneth Branagh, 60, plays Boris Johnson, and W1A actress Ophelia Lovibond, 35, plays his wife, Carrie, in the big-budget drama. Sir John Hayes, a Conservative, has now urged broadcasters to act “responsibly” when it comes to any Covid drama.
“There are significantly fewer good dramas on TV and radio now because of the drive to sensationalise and trivialize everything, drama is going downhill,” said the MP for South Holland and The Deepings, Lincs. It’s a more serious question if it’s appropriate to publish something on Covid during an investigation.
“One would assume that a decent broadcaster would wish to act carefully when dealing with something that has caused so much sorrow and suffering to so many people. If the investigation is tainted, it is not in the public interest or in the general good.”
Ann Widdecombe, a former Cabinet minister, says the drama is in “poor taste given what transpired.”
When asked about the drama’s impact on the investigation, she stated, “I don’t think the drama will make it harder for the Government, but it depends on how it portrays Covid.”
“There’s always the risk it could sway public opinion,” the Daily Express columnist warned.
“Like The Crown, you get something that is based on fact and something that isn’t, and people assume it must be genuine, and there’s nothing you can do about it. What do you do if folks are that trusting?
“For starters, I’m not going to watch it. Others may say to themselves, “Oh, that’ll be enjoyable,” and then absorb any messages.” Brinkwire Summary News.”