Rory Kinnear and John Heffernan star in new political drama Brexit: the Uncivil War

Brexit: the Uncivil War recounts a previously untold chapter from the most important political story of our time: the exceedingly bitter and divisive 2016 referendum campaign on our membership of the EU.

The film, which airs on Channel 4 at 9pm on Monday 7th January, homes in on Dominic Cummings (played by Benedict Cumberbatch), a Brexiteer policy adviser whom David Cameron once called “a career sociopath”, as he takes on the Government-backed Remain campaign headed by Number 10 Downing Street’s urbane director of communications, Craig Oliver (Rory Kinnear).

In tackling such a polarising subject, the drama could easily be didactic, but Cumberbatch maintains that is not its aim.‎ Between takes on set in a windswept car park in the London Docklands, the 42-year-old actor argues, ”This is about a specific aspect of the referendum campaign. It’s about revealing and unearthing that.

Watch on Monday 7th January on Channel 4 at 9pm.