If you know me, you know I’m a big Churchill freak. That doesn’t mean I agree with everything he ever said or did–like Michael Jordan, he missed every shot he didn’t make. Some were horrendous. That’s all for another day. This Sunday, September 11, a new Masterpiece drama debuts–a one night program showing the worst moment of his political life. No, not the so-called wilderness years. The night it all came apart. To say more would be to spoil it for you.
To get you ready here are a few great Churchill films to stream to help you catch up on the great man’s life up to the time of Sunday’s story. There are too many books to count, so those must wait for another post.
Series to Binge Watch
Robert Hardy (aka Siegfried Farnon in All Creatures Great and Small), best know today for his Churchill-ian portrayal of Minister of Magic, Cornelius Fudge, in the Harry Potter movies, honed his talents for that role by playing the best Churchill ever in my opinion. While this series is a bit dull to Americans not well versed in British politics, it is worth watching. These feature the years that Churchill was out of office–meaning he was still a Member of Parliament but not a member of the Cabinet. His voice, heralding another World War, was being blatantly ignored by his political party and his class. It is on Youtube. Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years.
This is an HBO series–so there is a brief nude scene (from behind) and a brief dirty limmerick. Otherwise, it’s great. Vanessa Redgrave is superb–better even than Albert Finney, in my opinion. A young Tom Hiddleston appears, too, as the Churchill’s very spoiled only son, Randolph. The Gathering Storm. My teen years heart-throb, Simon Williams, has a tiny role as a possible lover of Clementine Churchill’s. Worth it for that alone to me! This series is on Youtube.
Aside from having Game of Thrones (and Season One of Downton Abbey) star Iain Glenn as King George VI, HBO’s second installment in Churchill’s life sees him thru the war years. Sadly, it does not have Vanessa Redgrave or Albert Finney, but it is still very good. Into the Storm. This series is on Youtube with the Gathering Storm.
Will you be watching?