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Theresa v Boris: How May Became PM

  • Drama
  • Documentary and factual

Summary

Docu-drama telling the story of the Conservative Party's 2016 leadership campaign, from the day David Cameron resigned to the day Theresa May became Prime Minister. Based on exhaustive research and first-person testimonies, this dramatised narrative goes beyond the headlines to lay bare the politicking and positioning, betrayals and blunders of this extraordinary political time. The programme also features key interviews with people who were intimately involved in the campaigns of the main contenders.

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Review

Do you remember the bizarre few weeks last summer after David Cameron resigned? The Brexit vote had just stunned the world and then the contest to decide who would take over as PM turned into a torrid political tragicomedy, full of cock-up and conspiracy.

Which is exactly what the producers here have tried to re-create, the slightly feverish scenes that unfolded amongst Team Boris and Team May as they hustled for support among Tory MPs – “the most dishonest electorate in history”, a contributor to this drama-doc reminds us.

The best bits involve tensions between advisers to Michael Gove and those on the Boris campaign he was meant to be supporting – Boris’s team with their “he’s a rock star” approach, Gove’s preferring spreadsheets. Most of this is presented via dramatic reconstructions based on insider accounts. As drama, it’s broad-brush, but it may be as close as we’ll get to the inside story.

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DirectorJustin Hardy
EditorTom Bober
ProducerSamir Shah

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