‘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.
His 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?