This England: How to watch new Sky release, air date, on demand and more

Sky have released details of their new series This England, which chronicles Boris Johnson during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The six-part mini Sky Original series will air on Sky in September and focus on the UK Government’s handling of the pandemic.

Here's everything you need to know about the upcoming series including the air date, channel and how to watch on demand.

What is This England about?

Photo issued by Sky of actor Kenneth Branagh as Prime Minister Boris Johnson in This England, a drama series about the Prime Minister's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

The drama will begin with Mr Johnson’s appointment as Prime Minister and will recount the first coronavirus cases in the UK.

It will tell the story of the 56-year-old premier falling ill with the virus, as well as the arrival of his son, Wilfred.


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According to Sky: "This England will tell the tale of some of the most devastating events to ever befall the United Kingdom, and of a Prime Minister leading in these unprecedented times.

"The drama will trace the impact on Britain from this once in a generation pandemic, and the response of scientists, nurses, and doctors as they worked tirelessly and heroically to contain and overcome the virus.

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When does This England air? This England release date

This England, which was originally titled This Sceptred Isle, is set to be released on Sky and on demand on September 21.

All episodes are set to be released at once, and will also be available through Now TV entertainment package, or available if you are a Sky subscriber.


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It is not yet clear if it will be aired outside of the UK.

Who stars in This England? This England cast

Kenneth Branagh stars in the series of Prime Minister Boris Johnson while Ophelia Lovibond will portray Carrie Symonds.

Simon Paisley Day will play Dominic Cummings while the role of Health Secretary Matt Hanock will be played by Andrew Buchan.

Sir Patrick Vallance will be played by Alex Nicholls – and former aide to the PM Cloe Watson will be played by Greta Bellamacina.

The trailer for This England can also be watched above.


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How accurate is This England?

The series is based on the first-hand testimony of those from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, and more.

The series is co-written and directed by Michael Winterbottom with Tim Shipman, political editor of the Sunday Times, is acting as a consultant.

"It is based on the first-hand testimony of people from all walks of life; from Number 10 Downing Street, the Department of Health, The Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies (SAGE), and from hospitals and care homes across the country."