New BBC Drama Tracks Theresa May’s journey to power

A new BBC Two drama-documentary will track the Conservative’s 2016 leadership campaign which saw Theresa May appointed as party leader and prime minister.

The show, 20 Days – Battle For Supremacy, was announced as part of BBC Two’s spring/summer schedule. It tracks the Tories from the day of David Cameron’s resignation to the day Theresa May took over.

Patrick Holland took over as controller of BBC Two last September. He was keen to give the channel a modern revamp and make the programmes it shows more relevant than ever.

He said: “I believe BBC Two has a unique role in the broadcasting landscape: to bring the increasingly complex and changing world to the audience through expert perspective, human engagement and great storytelling.”

20 Days – Battle for Supremacy is based on “exhaustive research” and benefits from a collection of first-person testimonies. It will also include key interviews with the people closely involved in each contender’s leadership campaigns.

The dramatised narrative claims to go “beyond the headlines” in a move that exposes “the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders” during an extraordinary political time.  

The cast has not yet been announced but the search for actors to play Theresa May, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Michael Gove and others will certainly be underway. A release date for the drama documentary is also yet to be announced.  

Patrick confirmed to the Radio Times that Gove and Boris would feature but didn’t reveal any other details.

He said: “We will show what happened with Michael Gove and Boris Johnson…This approach is researched thoroughly and… it gives the audience a way of getting really to the heart of that story. There are revelations that will be compelling and intriguing for the audience.”

Other programmes released as part of BBC Two’s spring/summer schedule include: Breadline – a documentary exploring poverty in the UK; Jo Cox: Death Of An MP – an in-depth look at the lead up to Jo’s murder and Brexit Means Brexit – an exloration of the months following the 23 June referendum result. 

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