The Queen (TV serial)

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The Queen
Written by Colin Swash
Edmund Coulthard
Patrick Reams
Directed by Edmund Coulthard
Patrick Reams
Starring Emilia Fox
Samantha Bond
Susan Jameson
Barbara Flynn
Diana Quick
Katie McGrath
Theme music composer Miguel d'Oliveira
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) Marion Milne
Original network Channel 4
Original release 28 November – 2 December 2009

The Queen was a 2009 British drama-documentary showing Queen Elizabeth II at different points during her life. Broadcast on Channel 4 over five consecutive nights from 29 November 2009, the Queen was portrayed by a different actress in each episode. The Queen was portrayed by Emilia Fox, Samantha Bond, Susan Jameson, Barbara Flynn and Diana Quick.[1] Katie McGrath played Princess Margaret in the first episode and Lesley Manville played Margaret Thatcher in the third episode. The series was co-funded by the American Broadcasting Company,[2] the network which aired the series in the US.[3]

This marked the second time Emilia Fox and Katie McGrath portrayed sisters: they had previously appeared as Morgause and Morgana in BBC One's Merlin.


Episode[4] Role of the Queen[4] Subject [4]
1 Emilia Fox Princess Margaret's romance with Peter Townsend
2 Samantha Bond Early 1970s civil unrest and Attempted kidnapping of the Anne, Princess Royal
3 Susan Jameson Apartheid South African boycott and 1986 Commonwealth Games
4 Barbara Flynn Annus horribilis of 1992
5 Diana Quick Wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles


The series was shot in Southern England. Locations used in the filming included Stourhead House, Longleat, Neston Park, Grittleton House, Knebworth House and Orchardleigh Estate.[5]


  1. ^ Royal flush: five of the best play Queen in new film The Guardian. 20 November 2009
  2. ^ Docu-drama The Queen on Channel 4 ITN Source. 5 November 2009
  3. ^ Five actors to play the Queen in 'pivotal' Channel 4 drama The Guardian. 27 January 2009
  4. ^ a b c "The Queen". Channel Four Television Corporation. 
  5. ^ The Making of The Queen Channel 4. Retrieved on 17 June 2011

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