About the Show
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
Series 1 Summary
Five leading British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her reign in this ground-breaking series, mixing dramatised scenes behind palace doors with news archive and testimony from royal insiders
Episode 1 - The Queen
Emilia Fox plays the Queen in 1955, as Princess Margaret's affair with divorced royal servant Peter Townsend exploded into public view at the time of the coronation
Episode 2 - The Queen
Samantha Bond plays the Queen in the early 70s when Britain came as close to being a republic as it has in modern times with civil unrest, IRA threats and a kidnap attempt on Princess Anne.
Episode 3 - The Queen
Susan Jameson plays the Queen, portraying her hidden conflict with Mrs Thatcher, who set herself in opposition to Crown and Commonwealth over sanctions against South Africa.
Episode 4 - The Queen
Barbara Flynn plays the Queen in 1992: her annus horribilis, when Windsor Castle burned, the tabloids declared open season on the royals, and Andrew Morton released his Diana biography.
Episode 5 - The Queen
The final film shows the Queen, played by Diana Quick, confronting one last personal and constitutional challenge: Prince Charles' desire to marry Camilla Parker Bowles, Joanna Van Gyseghem.