Viewers liken Benedict Cumberbatch Brexit drama to 'a horror movie'

Brexit: The Uncivil War (Credit: Channel 4)
Brexit: The Uncivil War (Credit: Channel 4)

Brexit: The Uncivil War aired on Channel 4 last night, the much-hyped drama centring on Vote Leave strategist Dominic Cummings, played by Benedict Cumberbatch.

But it may be that with the current churning chaos in government, the timing of broadcast was somewhat misjudged.

Some viewers likened it to a ‘horror film’, rather than a drama, while others branded it simply ‘depressing’ and ‘too soon’.

Directed by Toby Hanyes, and written by James Graham, Cumberbatch took to lead as Cummings, while Lee Boardman played Aaron Banks, Richard Goulding played Boris Johnson and Paul Ryan played Nigel Farage.

Sarah Elliott, the wife of Vote Leave chief executive Matthew Elliott, played by John Heffernan in the drama, tweeted her criticisms throughout the air time.

“(Vote Leave) is in court contesting all these false allegations right now,” she added.

“I feel the writer James Graham let down the viewer here by not explaining all the facts.”

The critics’ reviews were split, unsurprisingly.

The Guardian called it ‘superficial and irresponsible’, considering that there are still legal proceedings taking place into campaign contributions.

“It is incumbent upon [writer Graham], in an era besieged and almost defined by misinformation, not to add to the chaos. That duty was not clearly fulfilled,” wrote Lucy Mangan.

The Independent, meanwhile, called it a ‘gripping second draft of history’.

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