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James Graham to pen Brexit drama for Channel 4 starring Benedict Cumberbatch

James Graham. Photo: Pamela Raith

James Graham has been commissioned by Channel 4 to pen a Brexit drama starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

Brexit – which is a working title – will explore tactics used by campaigners in the controversial referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union.

Toby Haynes, whose credits include Black Mirror, will direct the one-off drama.

Cumberbatch will play Dominic Cummings, the leading strategist and campaign director of Vote Leave.

Graham said: “I’m so excited – not to mention a little nervous – to have this chance to try and get under the skin of what happened during that historic vote.

“I hope by going behind-the-scenes of the campaign, we’re able to interrogate the consequences of what happened during these eight weeks that have changed the country forever.”

Beth Willis, head of drama at Channel 4, added: “James’ whip-smart, funny and insightful writing is a breath of fresh air.

“We are so thrilled that he and the genius that is Benedict Cumberbatch feel Channel 4 is the right home for it – Brexit is exactly the kind of explosive and illuminating drama we want to have on the channel.”

The film will be produced by Lynn Horsford, with executive producers Juliette Howell and Tessa Ross for House Productions, and will begin shooting later this year.