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The Queen [DVD]

Steven Mackintosh    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Steven Mackintosh
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Channel 4
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Dec 2009
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GV4ORG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,572 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Five leading British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her life in this groundbreaking drama documentary series which examines the social history of Britain through the prism of key events in the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Mixing dramatised scenes from behind palace doors with news archive and testimony from royal insiders, each episode will focus on turning points in the reign of Elizabeth II – a period of monumental social upheaval.

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.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Docu-drama 30 Jan 2010
For anyone with an interest in the British Royal family, or social history of the last 60 years, this is an excellent DVD. It looks at 5 pivotal points in the life of Queen Elizabeth II and the monarchy, with each part played by a different actress, The drama is interspersed with some talking heads and some actual news footage, giving it a genuine sense of history. It begins with the scandal of Princess Margaret's abortive attempt to marry the divorced Peter Townsend, which was considered highly controversial at the time, and finishes with the marriage of Charles to Camilla - showing just how far the royal family and social mores have changed in half a century. A well-presented and well acted docu-drama,
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice to watch 19 Jan 2010
The format took some getting used to, but once you've got it, this is an excellent overview of some aspects of Her Majesties life. It does not overstate the role of the late Princess of Wales (which makes a nice change) and is both entertaining and educational. Great British acting by the leading "queens" aswell.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen (DVD) 20 Mar 2010
An interesting, docudrama of Queen Elizabeth at significant times in her reign. The different actors portraying her were well suited to their parts and gave sympathetic performances. I would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
With the sole exceptions of Emilia Fox (the first actress in a series of five), and Barbara Flynn to a lesser extent (the fourth actress), the portrayals of the Queen lack totally her humanity, humour and joie-de-vivre. Just as Helen Mirren's much-lauded impersonation of the Queen, (difficult to understand) there was a hardness and, I would have to say, a lack of the intelligence and sparkle that are so evident in the Queen herself.

The series serves as a useful documentary of the personal crises of Her Majesty's reign, and as such they are interesting, well-constructed and echo true, their only fault being in the rather two-dimensional portrayals of the Queen. Emilia Fox really was the only one who did nmot fall into the trap. Barbara Flynn brings a warmth to anything she does, and this was no exception.

Very enjoyable as documentaries.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting docu-drama 6 Feb 2010
Unusual approach to a documentary. A combination of drama and documentary footage. Different actresses portray Queen Elizabeth II at various stages of her reign. Surprising information is revealed. Leaves you with greater respect for the Queen and her abilities.
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