THE QUEEN IS DEAD. LONG LIVE THE KING.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, her son (Tim Pigott-Smith) is crowned king and starts a conflict with the Prime Minister over a controversial new law. Much like a Shakespeare play, this TV movie depicts intrigues within the British royal family and the dialogue is in blank verse. The director, writer and several actors are the same as in the play, but the transition to a different medium isn’t entirely successful – some of the passion is missing, even if it’s interesting to see a drama involving this particular family, tied to the phone hacking scandal of recent years. Pigott-Smith is very good as a king desperate to make an impression.
2017-Britain. Made for TV. 88 min. Color. Directed by Rupert Goold. Teleplay, Play: Mike Bartlett. Cast: Tim Pigott-Smith (Charles), Oliver Chris (William), Richard Goulding (Harry), Charlotte Riley, Margot Leicester, Tamara Lawrance.
Trivia: Pigott-Smith died a month before the premiere of the TV movie.