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Atlantic, Trademark enter The War Rooms

Jamie Carmichael and Simon Mirren’s London- and LA-based prodco Atlantic Nomad has teamed up with David Parfitt’s Trademark Films in London to coproduce a drama series about the women who lived and worked in Winston Churchill’s War Rooms.

Jenna Coleman

Starring British actor Jenna Coleman (Dr Who, Victoria) and created by David Chidlow, The War Rooms tells the untold story of the women who “lived, loved and triumphed” in Churchill’s secret Whitehall bunker during the Second World War, according to the producers.

Coleman plays real-life figure Joan Bright, who started the war as a secretary and ended it organising the great Allied conferences. She was friends with British author Ian Fleming, who is rumoured to have based James Bond character Miss Moneypenny on her.

Each season of the series will cover 12 to 18 months of the war, celebrating the 200 young people who worked 24/7 for six long years to fight for the nation.

David Chidlow

The War Rooms is produced by Parfitt, fresh off his Oscar wins for drama film The Father, and Carmichael. Coleman, Chidlow and Mirren will exec produce.

Chidlow said: “With The War Rooms, we want to shine a light on the remarkable and unheralded women who helped win a world war and contributed to shaping our modern society. To do justice to this vision, we’re building a diverse, female-led team that approaches this period and subject matter in a truly fresh, distinctive way – a team that, to better explore our historic world, looks like our modern one.”

Parfitt and Carmichael added: “Our intention is to build a series that takes a truly fresh view on a significant part of our collective history; a show that isn’t polite or reverential, but raw, confronting and offers fresh experiences, perspectives, narratives and faces – ones that speak directly to our current, turbulent times and, critically, to an audience thirsty for tales of hope that help frame and make sense of today and tomorrow.”

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