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In the first, Emilia Fox (Pride and Prejudice, Silent Witness) plays Elizabeth, suddenly made queen at age 25 upon the death of her father. The frisky Margaret is played by Katie McGrath, who resembles a dewy Kate Winslet. Elizabeth is forced to confront an inappropriate relationship that Margaret has with a divorced member of the palace staff--and the sisters' own relationship would never be the same. Segment 2 focuses on the 1960s and '70s (with Elizabeth being played by the excellent Samantha Bond), when change is in the air and popularity of the monarchy falls to historic lows. The third segment fast-forwards to the fascinating Margaret Thatcher years, and the prickly relationship between the queen (played by Susan Jameson) and the prime minister (Lesley Manville, quite believable). Episode 4 follows the queen (Barbara Flynn of Cranford), her adult children, and the wretched angst that would cloud them--the divorce first of Prince Andrew and the Duchess of York, and then the tabloid fodder that was the divorce of the Prince and Princess of Wales, and the entry into the royal circle of Camilla Parker-Bowles. Finally, Diana Quick (Brideshead Revisited) plays the queen in the early 2000s, with the deaths of Princess Margaret and the Queen Mother, and the inevitable marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla. The overall portrait by The Queen of Queen Elizabeth may still feel as though it has holes--she is one of the world's most public and most private women at the same time--but fans of history and Queen Elizabeth will learn of the depths and triumphs of this amazing woman. --A.T. Hurley
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* factual documentary
* educational narration
* entertaining dramatization
* fine mix of real archival footage
* period set/costuming plus beautiful footage of the real thing
Both a drama and documentary. Well done in 5 episodes, each 47 min. WITH SUBTITLES. Originally aired Nov/Dec 2009.
Bonus is limited to filmographies of the 5 female leads as "The Queen."
1 SISTERS--Feb.6, 1952 Geo VI dies and Elizabeth, 25 yrs old, becomes "The Queen", reigns yet today. Immediately, younger sister, Margaret, recognized the once equal status between she and Princess Elizabeth was gone. Queen E was embarrassed from Margaret's actions, including a relationship with married/then divorced palace employee, Peter Townsend. Queen (Emilia Fox) & Margaret (Katie McGrath) played convincingly.
2 US AND THEM--Monarchy lives seen on TV in 1969, but popularity dropped to a new low level, royal money was tight, & government leaders question monarchy need. The 1970s appears a time for change. Miners strike as the Queen gets a 100% raise. Princess Anne survives an attempted kidnapping. [I question the dramatization of the Queen & Prime Minister hand-washing dishes together.] Samantha Bond ('Lark Rise to Candleford'-awesome) is Queen; Abby Ford is excellent as Anne.
3 THE RIVALS--The 1986 Commonwealth Games begin a conflict between the Queen and PM Margaret Thatcher (Lesley Manville). South African apartheid becomes a major point of tension as are sanctions. A royal cat fight. Queen is played by Susan Jameson, a wonderful actress also known as the reader for at least 15 audio books of the works of Catherine Cookson.Read more ›
Elizabeth is a remarkable woman and this DVD does her justice. Well conceived, well acted, highly recommended.
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This program is an entertaining mix of historical footage and staged recreations of events. The DVD's arrived in good condition and played without any problems. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Curt Raven
If you are among HRM Queen Elizabeth II's loyal subjects, or a non-subject loyal fan of Her Majesty (like me); then this DVD collection is a must have for you. Read morePublished on June 19, 2013 by Matt K
I do remember seeing this on TV sometime back. Not crazy about how it splits up between documentaries and movie, but so be it.Published on May 6, 2013 by Lisa K
On the heels of the identically-named Steven Frears film, which covered the events surrounding the death of Princess Diana and the royal family's reaction to it, I found myself in... Read morePublished on August 2, 2012 by R. M. Fisher
I REALLY LIKED THIS MOVIE A LOT. I AM INTO HISTORICAL MOVIES VERY MUCH. THE QUEEN IS ONE OF THE BEST OF I HAVE SEEN ABOUT THE QUEEN.Published on April 17, 2012 by Hogan_62
I confess that I have always enjoyed watching England's royal family over the years. I know my mom used to enjoy keeping up with what they were doing even when I was a child. Read morePublished on January 1, 2012 by Bold Consumer