'Downton Abbey' Team Making Churchill Drama

Sir Winston Churchill

‘Downton Abbey’ is already one of the most successful and critically acclaimed period dramas ever made. According to Deadline, the producers behind the series, Carnival Films, will make another period drama, starting during the same period, pre-Second World War, based on the early life of Sir Winston Churchill.   

The drama will be called ‘Young Titan,’ based on the book of the same name by Michael Shelden. Shelden’s book explores Churchill’s struggles and ambitions politically to become prime minister, as well as his desires to find his ideal wife.

Churchill began his career with years of military service, joining the cavalry and traveling to countries all over the world for tours of duty—including Cuba, India, and South Africa.

Young Titan by Michael SheldenHis early political career was tumultuous, but he served as part of the War Ministry for both World War I and World War II. He was critical of Prime Minister Chamberlain’s handling of Adolph Hitler, the appeasement that allowed Nazi Germany to occupy increasing areas of Europe in order to avoid conflict with Britain. In the House of Commons, he said to Chamberlain, "You were given the choice between war and dishonour. You chose dishonour, and you will have war."

Just prior to the German invasion of France, Chamberlain stepped aside to allow Churchill to lead. As leader, Churchill provided inspiring speeches, including the famous one before the Battle of Britain:

“We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender.”

While Churchill’s leadership during the war has been featured often in documentary and film, the proposed drama will shed light on the lesser seen period of Churchill’s early life, and perhaps another side of the man, as his romantic life is revealed.

Do you think Carnival Films would do good work covering the life of Churchill?

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Written by: Robert_Steele
Sep 14th, 2013, 9:01 am


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Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 12:36 pm

Anonymous: I actually agree with much of what you are saying. May I suggest, however, that the comments section of a pop culture news aggregator may not be the best medium for your proposed "real discourse," or "ugly truth?" 


As for your complaint regarding our Canada Eh? features, stay tuned--we've only done a handful of them and there are plenty more to come. I think Gross is a great suggestion; I saw him as Hamlet at Stratford in the 1990s and thought his performance was excellent.



Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 11:10 am
bad_subject, Oh bull. There is no defense for censorship. Either one accepts free speech or one wish to maintain a limited mentality. That is why many sites have up/down arrows, social manipulation at it's simplest. Oh poor me I got downvoted for stating something the cool kids dislike, no matter how obvious or honest. Either their is true intellectual freedom, or there is stilted filtered dialogue. Thus we have the majority of comments seeming to come from teenagers and the majority of articles on the cult of personality. The Canadian weekly thing for example, ever wonder why ONLY Canadians recognized in the US get the nod? As if Paul Gross isn't talented. Every site has a fear of allowing real discourse, it highlights the flaws of the content producers and owners. Once the ugly truth comes to light no one fears to mock and deride the dull pablum spewed as "insightful". It is what happened to Ain't it cool, no more comments. People catch on really fast in the information age. They don't want to be talked down to, or sold shiny crap as gold. That is why so much television fails.

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Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 9:24 am

Anonymous: as a matter of policy, any comments that contain inflammatory/offensive language or constitute hate speech are deleted on sight. Also, obvious attempts to troll will be deleted at the discretion of the editorial team. If a comment actually contributes to a discussion about the topic (as you do, with Churchill here) then it stays up and everybody is happy.

Thanks for reading!



Message Posted On Sep 14th, 2013, 9:14 am
Gotta love a site that censors adult comments, not obscenity just comments written by adults. I gather that bland and mundane teeny hipster fanboy/girl slobber is just okey dokey here. Churchill was a dick. Read Human Smoke and vomit at some of his comments regarding gassing Middle Easterners from the air. Bet those don't make it into the series. That is those who can read at a college level should do so with Human Smoke.
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