Boris Johnson is set to be named the new British PM overnight. Times political expert Matt Chorley speaks with former prime ministers, senior civil servants and spin doctors to find out what the new inhabitant of No 10 can expect in his first 48 hours in office (whoever he may be).

Not many people get to do it. In the past half-century, more people have walked on the Moon than across the threshold of No 10 as a new prime minister.

When the new prime minister stands on those famous steps this week he will find it a daunting prospect.


The Queen


The speech

The door

The cabinet room

The letters

The team

The house

The reshuffle

The switchboard

The gifts

The office

The night

The next day

The departure