The following TV shows and films deal with aspects of British and American politics, as well as general views on political systems. They can help you gain insight into the history and traditions of those countries, as well as increase your vocabulary on the subject.

UK politics: 

Yes, Minister (1980-1984)/Yes, Prime Minister (1986-1988)- (C2)

The Thick of It (2005-2012) [includes lots of profanity and swearwords]

The Politician’s Husband (2013)

Love Actually (2003)

One of the many subplots the film deals with involves the British Prime Minister:

The Iron Lady (2011):

A Very English Scandal (2018) [B2 and upwards, fairly clear British accents]

Years and Years (2019) [show set in Manchester, some Northern accents are noticeable]

Brexit, the Uncivil War (2019) [Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dominic Cummings, a Tory political advisor who led a popular but controversial campaign to convince British voters to leave the European Union]

 

Roadkill (BBC, 2020)- Hugh Laurie plays a cabinet minister whose mind is set on getting the top job, of course, but may have a few skeletons in his closet.

This England (This Sceptred Isle) (2022)- Kenneth Branagh stars as Boris Johnson. The show follows the events surrounding Johnson and his government in the face of the first wave of the global pandemic.

 

Would you like to watch the sessions of the British Parliament live? Click here for BBC Parliament.

British Monarchy: 

The Queen (2006) [B2 and upwards, fairly clear British accents]

The King’s Speech (2010) [B2 and upwards, fairly clear British accents]

The Crown (2016-) [B2 and upwards, fairly clear British accents]

US politics: 

All the President’s Men (1976)

The West Wing (1999-2006)

(from 1’30”)

House of Cards (2013-2018)

Veep (2012-2019)

General views on politics: 

The Great Dictator (1940):

V for Vendetta (2005) [B2 and upwards- international cast, but most of them use British English RP pronunciations, regardless of their original accents]

The Handmaid’s Tale (2017-)