Michael Gambon to play Winston Churchill in ITV drama

London: Acclaimed actor Michael Gambon is set to play Winston Churchill in a new ITV drama about his final years in office opposite Lindsay Duncan as his wife Clementine.

"Churchill's Secret" is based on Jonathan Smith's recently published book, "The Churchill Secret: KBO", set during the summer of 1953 when the then-peacetime prime minister had a stroke, which was kept secret from the world, reported Guardian Online.

"Churchill's Secret is the extraordinary and compelling story of how one of our country's most famous political figures battled back from life-threatening illness to hold on to power," said Steve November, ITV director of drama.

A two-hour film, "Churchill's Secret" will also be broadcast on PBS in the US. Filming will begin next month in London and at Churchill's principal family home, Chartwell in Kent.

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