Channel 4’s new Brexit drama conceived the day Jo Cox was killed

Playwright James Graham reveals impetus for Brexit: The Uncivil War, which is already attracting controversy

The writer of a controversial new TV drama about Brexit has said he first had the idea for the film on the day Jo Cox was murdered, when he burst into tears and was seized by the question: “What the hell has gone wrong?”

On hearing about the Labour MP’s murder, a week before the EU referendum in June 2016, James Graham said he resolved “to somehow make sense of that summer. What was that summer? What had gone wrong there?”

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