Channel 4 has revealed some of its cast members in its dramatisation about the partygate scandal.
It will tell the story of the gatherings that went on inside No 10 during the various lockdowns of the Covid pandemic.
The broadcaster said it is based on “meticulous research” of real events inside Downing Street.
The programme will come from the makers of Bafta-winning dramas such as Killed By My Debt, The Left Behind and Murdered By My Father.
W1A star Ophelia Lovibond will feature in the factual drama (Image: Jeff Moore/PA Wire)
Who will feature in the Channel 4 partygate factual drama? W1A star Ophelia Lovibond and The Chronicles of Narnia actress Georgie Henley are set to play fictional special advisers Annabel D’acre and Grace Greenwood respectively.
Meanwhile, impressionist Jon Culshaw will feature as former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, but only through voice.
The drama will also star Quadrophenia’s Phil Daniels, Fleabag star Hugh Skinner and Fresh Meat actresses Charlotte Ritchie and Kimberly Nixon.
Partygate will feature dramatic re-enactments of boozy parties in Downing Street interwoven with archive news footage and documentary interviews as the British public faced the pandemic.
It will “juxtapose the revelry inside the nation’s seat of power with the hardship and sacrifice being experienced across the rest of the country”, the channel said.
What was partygate all about? During the Covid-19 pandemic several gatherings took place at Downing Street and other Governement buildings when lockdown restrictions were in place.
Many of these parties took place in the run up to Christmas 2020, although there are also events known to have taken place before and after this period, the Institute for Government reports.
They added: “The parties were attended by a range of people, including special advisers, civil servants and potentially ministers.
“The prime minister has always denied attending parties or breaching covid rules, arguing that he believed that the events in question were work-related.”
Eventually, the scandal led to Boris Johnson resigning as Prime Minister.