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
Five leading British actresses play the Queen at pivotal times in her life. Emilia Fox plays the Queen in 1955, as Princess Margaret's affair with Peter Townsend exploded into public view.
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.