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Sky viewers slam new Boris Johnson Covid drama This England as 'tone-deaf' and 'too soon'

A new drama show depicting the Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus pandemic has been met with a huge wave of criticism with viewers slamming the upcoming release as "tone-deaf" and saying "it's too soon".

The Sky series, called This England, will air later this year with Sir Kenneth Branagh portraying Boris Johnson and Andrew Buchan as former Health Secretary Matt Hancock. Viewers who watched the teaser trailer, released today, also took issue with the title of the show and questioned whether it was "only England that went through the pandemic ".

Others said experiencing it firsthand was already devastating enough and they would not want to go over the events again by watching the show. Twitter user Tim wrote: "Unless this is a jet black trenchant satire (guessing it isn’t even if the teaser hedges its bets) cannot imagine a worse timed drama than this."

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Helen said: "I didn't enjoy this 'drama' the first time around, do I have to go through it again?" Hector commented: "Absolutely tone-deaf in timing and title."

And Chauny questioned: "Haven’t we all suffered enough? Crikey."

In the trailer, a jubilant voiceover by Sir Kenneth as the prime minister can be heard saying: “A new dawn is breaking, 2020 will be a year of prosperity.” The tone of the clip shifts as Mr Johnson’s concern for the pandemic appears to grow as he says: “This Covid virus we need to keep an eye on.”

A montage of clips showing the inside of Number 10 follows as the Covid-19 pandemic escalates with a voice saying “500,000 deaths, that is a worst-case scenario”. An eerie soundtrack plays as the familiar rhetoric to “wash your hands” and “stay at home”

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Alexander Boris de Pfeffel Johnson Hon FRIBA  (born 19 June 1964) is a British politician, writer, and former journalist serving as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and Leader of the Conservative Party since 2019. He was Foreign Secretary from 2016 to 2018 and Mayor of London from 2008 to 2016. Johnson was Member of Parliament for Henley from 2001 to 2008 and has been MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip since 2015. Ideologically, Johnson identifies as a one-nation conservative.
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