As the prime minister's days in Downing Street draw to an imminent end, the new series, Boris, will chart his life from the events that shaped him through to his premiership.
The four-part series will piece together rare archive footage alongside interviews with friends and foes with intimate knowledge of Johnson to help reveal his true character.
Ian Katz, Channel 4’s chief content officer, said: “However the story of Boris Johnson’s political career ends, he has done more to change Britain and the nature of our politics than any other recent political figure.
“This landmark series will try answer the question of what shaped the boy who wanted to be king of the world and how he grew to believe that he could escape the laws of political gravity.”
Each episode will run at an hour long and the story of Johnson's life will divulge how the seeds of political rivalry began in the corridors of Eton where he beat former prime minister David Cameron to the prestigious role of school captain, and how he sharpened his skills while campaigning for student president at Oxford.
It will explore his meteoric rise to power, becoming mayor of London and finally achieving his dream job of prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
David Glover, executive producer for 72 Films who have been commissioned to make the series, added: “This is a major project that we are about to embark on. It will not be polemical – but something that tells his story.
“We aim to make a series that both his supporters and enemies will find fresh and interesting.”
Johnson has resigned as leader of the Conservative Party following a large number of resignations by his own ministers and is due to step down as PM in the autumn - although some parties are pushing for it to happen sooner.
An air date for the documentary is yet to be announced.
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