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James Graham to write Brexit drama for TV

Story by Jack Foley

PLAYWRIGHT James Graham is writing a TV drama about the EU referendum campaign.

Currently riding high off the critical acclaim for his political play This House, which has just transferred to London’s West End four years after it premiered at The National Theatre, Graham said that the events surrounding Brexit would provide a fertile ground for many writers over the coming years.

He told BBC News: “I’m working on a TV drama about the referendum campaign. I think [Brexit] is going to be the main occupying idea in all writers’ heads for the next five or 10 years.

“That doesn’t mean necessarily writing a dramatic re-enactment of referendum night,” he added. “I think it just means the new mood we’re living in, which is very different, a bit scary, very divisive, very angry, very confused.”

Graham has previously written a short play about Brexit for The Guardian as well as The Vote, a play set in a polling station, which was televised on More4 on the night of the 2015 General Election.

His other credits include musical Finding Neverland, for which he wrote the script and Gary Barlow the music and lyrics, and Privacy, which made its debut on Broadway earlier this year starring Daniel Radcliffe.

It is not yet known when the script will be finished or where the Brexit drama will air.

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