First look: Benedict Cumberbatch in Brexit: The Uncivil War

Channel 4 has released the initial trailer for its forthcoming drama about Brexit, starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Brexit: The Uncivil War follows the campaign from the perspective of the largely unknown strategists in both the leave and remain camps as they plot to gain advantage over each other, while dealing with politicians jostling for the limelight and controversial financial backers.

Benedict Cumberbatch is Dominic Cummings, the lead strategist and Campaign Director of Vote Leave. Rory Kinnear co-stars as Craig Oliver, Prime Minister David Cameron’s Director of Communications, overseeing the Remain campaign’s communications strategy.

At a time when explosive revelations about the mining of personal data and the corrosive effect of fake news and micro-targeted advertising through social media feeds are at the forefront of the news agenda,Brexit (w/t) explores how modern data-driven campaigning techniques contributed to one of the most unexpected, highly-charged and controversial decisions in modern political history.

The drama is due to air on Channel 4 in 2019 (I suspect some time in March).

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