Want great TV … with lots of messages about aging, mortality, hope, caregiving, family dynamics? “Churchill’s Secret” is just the ticket.

“I don’t care if you’re the Queen of Sheeba – you’re not going to disturb my patient!” – Nurse Millie Appleyard, defending the rest she’s prescribed the Prime MInister to his son.

churchills_secret_news_imageMichael Gambon plays Winston Churchill in an all-star production based on an unsung incident from his famous life.

If you watched the PBS Masterpiece Theatre production, Churchill’s Secret, last night you, no doubt will agree this was a outstanding  was compelling programing.

“The movie-length drama is an adaptation of Jonathan Smith’s acclaimed 2015 novel, The Churchill Secret: KBO, which was hailed as ‘delightful, funny, heart-warming’ by The Mail on Sunday (London) and praised for its ‘elegance and wit’ by The New Statesman (London). ‘KBO’ in the book’s title stands for Churchill’s favorite advice in the face of adversity: ‘keep buggering on.’”

When the great statesman suffered a stroke in the summer of 1953, he’s taken to his country home – many did not expect him to survive. We meet Nurse Millie Appleyard who enters his life then to offer hope, strength, wisdom, caring and endurance.

This movie is about the ravages of aging, yes.

It, too, is about the family dynamics as the children and grandchildren assemble at the family home.

It is about the stubborn nature of a man accustomed to his focus being on an international stage and his near resolution to giving up. But, we think, it is a movie about the strength of character of a nurse who soothed him; watched out for him; worked with him and gave him hope. It is caregiving at its finest!

NOTE: Nurse Appleyard is an invented character; the author of the book which is the basis for Churchill’s Secret tells why he infused a mythical character (no doubt, an embodiment of several caregivers) into the book.

Watch the movie; it is scheduled on WITF, channel 33 for these dates/times:

  • Monday, September 12, 01:00 am on WITF
  • Saturday, October 15, 10:00 pm on WITF
  • Sunday, October 16, 02:00 am on WITF

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