Miss Trunchbull to play Nick Clegg

Well, I thought that was a good headline. So much better than “The actor who played Miss Trunchbull is to play Nick Clegg” or “Actor Bertie Carvel to play Nick Clegg”, both of which would have been less misleading.

All this comes back to “Nick Clegg: The Movie” (or more accurately “The Coalition”). We’ve discussed this before, but we now have the cast announced. So my dream of David Morrissey playing Nick Clegg, and other people’s thoughts of David Tennant or Sean Bean being in the frame, have all come to nought. However, Bertie Carvell won an Olivier award for his role of Miss Trunchbull in the West End and Broadway version of the Matilda – the musical, so I’m sure he will do very well.

The “movie” is in fact a TV drama, written by James Graham, which will go out on Channel 4 in May, presumably after the election. It also stars Mark Dexter in the role of David Cameron and Ian Grieve as Gordon Brown. Mark Gatiss will play Peter Mandelson (that’s enticing!). The programme will cover the machinations to form a coalition government after the 2010 general election.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist and member of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • David Faggiani 4th Feb '15 - 11:35am

    I can’t wait for this. Gatiss as Mandy the outgoing Grand Poobah is going to be hilarious. They should have got more League of Gentlemen alumns in. Would have loved to see Reece Shearsmith as George Osborne, barely reigning-in his psychotic cuts lust at meetings…..

  • A young Michael Crawford might have been the ideal actor to play the role of NC.

    As wiki says of his role in the famous sitcom —
    The series follows the accident-prone Frank Spencer and his tolerant wife … through his various attempts to hold down a job, , which frequently end in disaster.


    I hated the programme, especially because it resulted in a generation of school boys who thought it hugely funny to camp around saying “Ooh Betty”. NC was a school boy at the time, perhaps he was one of them.

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