The Gathering Storm

Character: Ava Wigram
Original Release: April 27, 2002 (US)
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Written by: Larry Ramin, Hugh Whitemore
Produced by: Frank Doelger, David M. Thompson, Nick Gillott
Running Time: 96 minutes

In the 1930s, Winston Churchill was out of government, sitting as a backbench MP. His was a lonely voice warning about German rearmament and the coming of a second major war on the Continent. He lost a great deal of money in the Wall Street crash and now writes - a biography of his ancestor the Duke of Marlborough, a newspaper column - and it's his only means of support.

He has a close-knit group of supporter not the least of whom is his wife Clemmie, who he loves very dearly. As he continues to press his concerns about Hitler, he is cast as a warmonger and frequently shouted down in Parliament by members on both sides of the aisle. With reliable information from a Foreign Office civil servant who feels the government is not accurately reporting on rearmament, he provides accurate figures to Parliament and the tide begins to turn. With the onset of World War II in September 1939, Churchill returns to government as First Lord of Admiralty.


Cast & Characters

Albert Finney (Winston Churchill), Vanessa Redgrave (Clemmie Churchill), Jim Broadbent (Desmond Morton), Linus Roache (Ralph Wigram), Derek Jacobi (Stanley Baldwin), Ronnie Barker (David Inches), Tom Wilkinson (Sir Robert Vansittart), Celia Imrie (Violet Pearman), Hugh Bonneville (Ivo Pettifer), Gottfried John (Friedrich von Schroder), Anthony Brophy (Brendan Bracken), Edward Hardwicke (Mr. Wood), Tom Hiddleston (Randolph Churchill), Timothy Bentinck (Marlborough), Diana Hoddinott (Mrs. Landemare), Dolly Wells (Sarah Churchill), Emma Lane/Seigel (Mary Churchill), Lyndsey Marshal (Peggy), Nancy Carroll (Diana Churchill), Walter Sittler (German Diplomat), Danielle King (Ethel), Laurie Flexman (Charley Wigram), Rohan McCullough (Lady Moyne), John Standing (Lord Moyne), Simon Williams (Terence Philip), Kenneth Hadley (Harry Whitbread), Joanna McCallum (Marjorie), Gerrard McArthur (Vic Oliver)


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Trivia
Filming Locations:
  • Chartwell House, Westerham, Kent, England, UK
  • Eltham Palace, Court Road, Eltham, London, England, UK
  • Kent, England, UK
  • London, England, UK
  • Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK (studio)
  • Lena Headey starred in the movie Mrs Dalloway (2002) together with Vanessa Redgrave as well.
  • Also known as "Churchill - The Gathering Storm" and the working title was "The Lonely War".
  • In 2016, Mark Lawson of The Guardian chose The Gathering Storm as the most memorable television portrayal of Churchill. He wrote: "This BBC-HBO account of Churchill's return from exile to save his nation will always be the one to beat. Finney doesn’t take many roles, and his meticulous preparation is apparent: he uncannily walks and talks almost exactly as Churchill did, while also vividly suggesting - especially in a scene where the leader, nude in his bathroom, dictates a speech to a secretary - the character’s battles between body and mind.
  • The poem that Churchill recites, beginning "Who is charge of the clattering train?", is "Death and his brother sleep" by Edward James Milliken.
  • The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Vanessa Redgrave and Jim Broadbent; and two Oscar nominees: Albert Finney and Tom Wilkinson.

Different Versions
  1. DVD Version - 96 minutes
  2. Filmfest Hamburg Version - 120 minutes

Awards & Nominations

Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV
Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Albert Finney
Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Vanessa Redgrave
Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV - Jim Broadbent
Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Albert Finney
Emmy Award for Outstanding Made for Television Movie
Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Larry Ramin, Hugh Whitemore
Emmy Award for Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special - Irene Lamb
Emmy Award for Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special
Emmy Award as Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special - Richard Loncraine
Emmy Award as Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie - Vanessa Redgrave
Emmy Award as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie - Jim Broadbent
Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Camera Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie
BAFTA Award as Best Actor - Albert Finney
BAFTA Award for Best Make Up & Hair Design
BAFTA Award for Best Production Design
BAFTA Award as Best Actress - Vanessa Redgrave
BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design - Jenny Beavan
BAFTA Award for Best Original Television Music - Howard Goodall
Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries - Albert Finney
Screen Actors Guild Award as Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries - Vanessa Redgrave
AARP Movies for Grownups Award for Best Grownup Love Story - Vanessa Redgrave, Albert Finney
AFI Award for TV Program of the Year
Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Single Drama
Broadcasting Press Guild Award as Best Actor - Albert Finney
Broadcasting Press Guild Award as Best Actress - Vanessa Redgrave
Directors Guild of America Award for as Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for TV - Richard Loncraine
Gold Derby Award for TV Movie/Mini Actor of the Decade - Albert Finney
OFTA Television Award for Best Motion Picture Made for TV
OFTA Television Award as Best Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Albert Finney
OFTA Television Award as Best Actress in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Vanessa Redgrave
OFTA Television Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Jim Broadbent
OFTA Television Award for Best Writing of a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Larry Ramin, Hugh Whitemore
OFTA Television Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Tom Wilkinson
OFTA Television Award for Best Ensemble in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
OFTA Television Award as Best Direction of a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Richard Loncraine
OFTA Television Award for Best New Theme Song in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Howard Goodall
OFTA Television Award for Best New Titles Sequence in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
OFTA Television Award for Best Music in a Motion Picture or Miniseries - Howard Goodall
OFTA Television Award for Best Lighting in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
OFTA Television Award for Best Costume Design in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
OFTA Television Award for Best Sound in a Motion Picture or Miniseries
Peabody Award
PGA Award for Outstanding Producer of Long-Form TV
RTS Television Award as Best Actor - Male - Albert Finney
Golden Satellite Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Linus Roache
Golden Satellite Award as Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television - Albert Finney
Golden Satellite Award as Best Actress in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Vanessa Redgrave
Golden Satellite Award as Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TV - Jim Broadbent
Writers Guild of America Award for Original Long Form Best Writing - Hugh Whitemore, Larry Ramin