LONDON — In the remaining times of the new mini-series “This England,” Boris Johnson, the exhausted and embattled British prime minister, stares bleakly out of a window at 10 Downing Avenue and falls again, as he normally does, on Shakespeare.
“This blessed plot, this earth, this realm, this England,” states Johnson, who is played by Kenneth Branagh in the collection, a 6-element drama about Britain’s ordeal with the coronavirus pandemic.
“We usually leave it there, you know,” he claims, turning to his anxious spouse, Carrie (Ophelia Lovibond), who is cradling their newborn kid. “Forget the relaxation.”
But Johnson goes on to recite the finish of John of Gaunt’s deathbed soliloquy from “Richard II,” with its damning reproach of the king. “That England, that was wont to conquer other people,” he says, “hath produced a shameful conquest of by itself.”