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Actress Emilia Fox (Silent Witness) leads the line up to portray the Queen in the opening film set in 1955, as Princess Margaret’s affair with Group Captain Peter Townsend exploded into public view at the time of the coronation. The second film covers the early 1970s when Britain came as close to being a republic as it ever has in modern times with civil unrest, IRA threats and a kidnap attempt on Princess Anne with Samantha Bond (Emma, Miss Moneypenny to Pierce Brosnan’s Bond) as the Queen. Susan Jameson (New Tricks) takes on the hidden conflict between the Queen and her first female Prime Minister, Mrs Thatcher, who set herself in opposition to Crown and Commonwealth over sanctions against South Africa, while 1992 focuses on the Queen’s Annus Horribilis with Barbara Flynn (Cranford). Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited, Kingdom) concludes the series in 2005 as the Queen – the ultimate survivor and pragmatist – ushered in the last chapters of her reign by eventually accepting Prince Charles marriage to Camilla Parker Bowles.
The other reviewers fail to mention the newsreel and television news footage which is included.
Watching actors/actresses portraying the Royal Family is ok but including... Read more
I am not a great fan of monarchy, but I have to admit that I admire Elizabeth II, and also feel a little sorry for her. Read morePublished 18 months ago by SS
I seen this on c4 a few years back and couldn't wait to get it when I seem it n DVDPublished 19 months ago by aidan mckeown
I liken it, because the mixing of real footage and reenactment really makes it believable.
The only Minus is, that is is so dramaticised. Read more
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