Nick Clegg is to be the focus of Channel 4’s brand new political drama, Coalition.
The one-off special aims to chart the “astonishing rise” of the Deputy Prime Minister, a “rank outsider” who became the man who “would decide the fate of the country”.
Having been an MP for just five years before he took to the podium for the UK’s first ever televised leader’s debate, the drama will delve into Cleggs position as the new kid on the block in Westminster – an MP suddenly the centre of attention after an election failed to find a majority for David Cameron or Gordon Brown. An election that meant this youthful MP from the Lib Dems could govern.
Would Clegg become the hero of a new politics, the show will ask, or the destroyer of his own party? Blue or red? Left or Right?
Delving into the individual decisions, personal sacrifices and divisive compromises made in a pivotal few days, the drama will, as writer James Graham says, “capture the tension, the high stakes, and the frequent farcical and absurd nature of what happens when a power is wrangled, negotiated and fought over like children trading cards in the playground.”
Extensive research is said to have enabled the drama to go into the backrooms of the government, with Channel 4 promising a “penetrating insight into one of the most influential and significant political decisions of recent years”.
Bafta-winning Alex Holmes (Dunkirk, House of Saddam) will direct.