The Queen

Thursday, December 3 on 4

The final film shows the Queen (Diana Quick) confronting one last personal and constitutional challenge: Prince Charles’ desire to marry Camilla Parker Bowles. First, the Queen had to endure watching Diana tell 200 million viewers around the world in her 1995 Panorama interview that there were “three of us in the marriage.” It was not surprising that the subject of Camilla was, according to one former courtier, “off limits” in the 90s. Yet ten years later, the Queen welcomed Camilla Parker Bowles into her family with at least half-open arms. How did this happen?
A press pack, featuring interviews with all five actresses who play the Queen, is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ November.

Wednesday, December 2 on 4

The Queen’s (Barbara Flynn) Annus Horribilis of 1992 turned the spotlight on her role as Head of the Royal Family and revealed how she coped with a catalogue of scandals involving her family, which until then had been perceived as a model for the nation. It was – the Queen admitted after the fire in Windsor Castle – the most difficult year for her and her family since she came to the throne. The film focuses in particular on what came to be seen by many within the palace as “the enemy within,” the Queen’s daughter in law, Princess Diana (Emily Hamilton).
A press pack, featuring interviews with all five actresses who play the Queen, is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ November.

Tuesday, December 1 on 4

This episode lifts the lid on the hidden conflict between the Queen (Susan Jameson) and her first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher (Lesley Manville). It examines, for the first time on television what Andrew Neil, the former editor of the Sunday Times , describes as “the biggest constitutional crisis of the Queen’s reign.” What had brought things to a head was the issue of sanctions against South Africa. The future of the Commonwealth was at stake.
A press pack, featuring interviews with all five actresses who play the Queen, is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ November.

Monday, November 30 on 4

This episode examines how the Queen (Samantha Bond), two decades into her reign, faced her greatest challenges yet, and was at her most vulnerable. Governments came and went, and the Queen had to make friends of her enemies across the political divide. Meanwhile there was an ongoing terrorist threat from the IRA carrying out murderous bomb attacks on the British mainland; the civil list was running out; the Queen was desperately short of money, and there was a dangerous kidnap attempt on Princess Anne, which resulted in two people being shot.
A press pack, featuring interviews with all five actresses who play the Queen, is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ November.

Sunday, November 29 on 4

Five leading British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her life, as this ground-breaking series examines Britain’s social history through key events in her reign. When, after the sudden death of her father, the Queen (Emilia Fox) was catapulted on to the throne in 1952, she had no inkling that the greatest scandal she was about to face would come from within her own household. Her sister Princess Margaret (Katie McGrath) had fallen in love with a divorced royal servant, Group Captain Peter Townsend (Tristan Sturrock), equerry to her late father, King George VI.
A press pack, featuring interviews with all five actresses who play the Queen, is available on the press website at Programme Info/ Future Highlights/ November.

  • BBC One
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Three
  • ITV1
  • ITV2
  • 4
  • E4
  • Film4
  • More4
  • Five
  • Fiver
  • Sky1