Behind the Scenes With John Lithgow as Winston Churchill

There has been a bit of a controversy with the casting of John Lithgow, an American, in the role of Winston Churchill in the upcoming Netflix series, The Crown. But no matter what your feelings are in that regard, one must admit John Lithgow plays an outstanding Churchill. (See above video.)

Peter Morgan, the writer, cited “Churchill fatigue” within the British acting community for the decision to go with Lithgow. “There’s a point where every Knight of the Realm does his Winston Churchill,” Morgan said. Morgan credited casting director Nina Gold with the suggestion of Lithgow, who he described as “so startling and imaginative that it was an unanimous yes.”

Netflix will release the entire first series of The Crown this Friday, November 4.

Read Intimate Accounts from Those who Worked in Churchill’s Underground Bunker During WW II

joyhunter-xlarge_trans++Imq0gSBkzcH_-jHFXstKOOPHi_e1tpOIk75CAYQiDp0.jpgThe Secrets of Churchill’s War Rooms, a new book by Jonathan Asbury, draws on the intimate accounts of those who worked in the underground bunker during World War II. Among those interviewed, Joy Hunter, now a 91-year-old great grandmother of eight.

To read the entire article in the Telegraph, click on the source link below.

Source: Secrets of the underground bunker where Churchill won World War Two

New Netflix Series, The Crown, Features Winston Churchill’s Relationship with Queen Elizabeth

TheCrown_WinstonChurchill.jpgJohn Lithgow as Winston Churchill in The Crown CREDIT: ALEX BAILEY/NETFLIX

John Lithgow plays Winston Churchill in a new Netflix original series, The Crown. Written by Peter Morgan (The Queen), the series follows the life of Queen Elizabeth II from her wedding in 1947 to the present day. The series is expected to span 60 episodes over 6 seasons, with Claire Foy playing the Queen in the early part of her reign. The Crown will be the most expensive show made by Netflix and the first to be filmed in the U.K.

Exclusive Interview: Churchill’s Secret

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Source: Masterpiece Studio | Book Club & Podcast | Masterpiece | PBS

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He Said What?: A Quote by Winston Churchill that Will Make You Smile


Conversation between Winston Churchill and his photographer on the occasion of his 75th birthday:

Photographer: “I hope, sir, that I will shoot your picture on your hundredth birthday.”

Churchill: “I don’t see why not, young man. You look reasonably fit and healthy.”

—1949, Hyde Park Gate, London 
[cited in Langworth, Churchill: In His Own Words]

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BOOK REVIEW: PBS Masterpiece Drama is Based on Jonathan Smith’s book, The Churchill Secret KBO

This Sunday, September 11, PBS will air Churchill’s Secret, the long-awaited drama about Churchill’s stroke and recovery in 1953. This well done dramatization is based on the novel The Churchill Secret KBO by Jonathan Smith.

Click on the link below to read the full review of the novel by Robert Courts for The Churchill Centre.
Finest Hour Books, Arts & Curiosities – The Churchill Secret KBO

Churchill’s Secret: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8/7c. on MASTERPIECE, PBS.

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Churchill’s Secret on Masterpiece | Official Trailer | PBS – YouTube

The wait is over, Churchill’s Secret will premiere on Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8/7c. Starring Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan and Romola Garai. This is a one-night television event on Masterpiece, PBS.

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Churchill Collectables: Boer War Stereoscope Card

Churchill Collectables: Boer War Stereoscope Card


This stereoscope card is a photographic image of Churchill as a war correspondent during the Boer War. It was produced in 1900 by an American manufacturer, the Keystone View Company, as part of their Boer War images series. This stereoscope card is highly prized amongst Churchilliana collectors. It is one of the earliest career images of WSC. Also, while other cards from Keystone’s Boer War series are readily available on the open market, it is very difficult to obtain and seldom appears at auction.

Source: The Churchill Centre, Chartwell Bulletin #98

Rare photographs of Winston Churchill

Laid to rest: Sir Winston Churchill’s coffin is placed on to a train on the day of his state funeral, January 30, 1965. These pictures were released to mark the 50th anniversary of his passing

Source: Winston Churchill as you’ve never seen him before | Daily Mail Online

Breaking Bread: Tom Brokaw and Winston Churchill –

If you could have dinner with one person who is no longer with us, and whose obituary was published in The New York Times, who would it be? 

Tom Brokaw said he would dine with Winston Churchill, who led England to victory during World War II. (To continue reading, click on the Source link below.)

Source: Breaking Bread: Tom Brokaw and Winston Churchill –

Winston Churchill’s First Election

This political leaflet is from the 1899 Oldham by-election. It was here that a young man named Winston Churchill stood as a candidate for the first time and began an astonishing political career. Churchill and his fellow Conservative candidate lost this by-election but a year later Winston returned from his adventures as a war correspondent in South Africa to win the Oldham seat at a general election dominated by the issue of the Boer War.

A blue plaque outside Oldham Town Hall now marks the spot where Churchill made his first speech as an MP in 1900. However his subsequent defection to the Liberal Party caused much ill-feeling in the town and ensured that he did not attempt to defend his seat at the next general election.

Source: BBC – A History of the World – Object : Winston Churchill’s first election