Remembering Queen Elizabeth II: Three TV shows, three films about the royal family (VIDEO)
On the left, Claire Foy in ‘The Crown’ on Netflix, on the right Helen Mirren in the film ‘The Queen’. — Photos courtesy of Netflix / Ian Waldie / Pool / AFP / Pathé Distribution via ETX Studio
Sunday September 11, 2022 08:43 GMT
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 11 – It’s the season finale of Elizabeth II. The Queen has died aged 96 after 70 years on the throne. The Royal Family, and in particular the Sovereign, has become one of the most iconic symbols of the United Kingdom, one that has left its mark on the world of entertainment on the big and small screen. Here are three shows and three films devoted to the British royal family.
The crown— the popular (Netflix)
It’s the most iconic TV show about Queen Elizabeth II and one of the most popular shows on Netflix. The crown retraces the life of Queen Elizabeth II since her coronation, and through her character the history of the royal family and of England. Launched in 2016 on the streaming platform, four seasons of the show are already available while two more are in preparation. Several actresses have portrayed the monarch. Claire Foy was the first in the series to take on the role of Queen of England, in the first two seasons, followed by Olivia Colman (Favorite) for the next two, released in 2019 and 2020. For the upcoming seasons, 5 and 6, it’s Imelda Staunton (Harry Potter) who will play the royal head Elizabeth II. We will have to wait until November 2022 to discover this new saga.
Become Elizabeth, the newcomer (Starz)
Back to some roots of the royal family with the story, not of Elizabeth II, but of Elizabeth I. Become Elizabeth traces the rise to power of young Elizabeth Tudor, played by Alicia von Rittberg. The death of her father, King Henry VIII, plunges the royal family into chaos. What follows is nothing short of a veritable game of political chess, mixing carnal pleasures with the harsh realities of royalty. The series, which will be released on June 12 on the Starz streaming platform, will take us back to a dark period in England. Eight episodes will make up this first season.
The Windsorsthe wacky (Channel 4,Netflix)
Nothing like English humor. The Windsors is a parody of the modern royal family in the form of a British-style soap opera. From Camilla Parker Bowles to Prince Harry via Kate and Pippa Middleton, the series spares no royal figure, or almost. Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II are the only absentees. The series spares no one else and takes great liberties, imagining Pippa’s all-consuming jealousy of her sister, or the alleged argument between the young couples – Harry and Meghan versus William and Kate. Much bolder and more provocative than The crown, The Windsors even evokes the scandal of prince Andrew. A surprising work that gently pokes fun at the royal family. Three seasons make up this TV show, originally on Channel 4 in the UK and available on Netflix in many regions.
The Queen with Helen Mirren
Directed by Stephen Frears in 2006, The Queen tells the story of the royal family during the death of Princess Diana, focusing on the relationship between Queen Elizabeth II, played by Helen Mirren (Oscar winner for her interpretation), and the British Prime Minister of era, Tony Blair, played by Michael Éclat. After the scandals, the royal family is again plunged into controversy. If the British people want an official funeral to pay tribute to their beloved princess, the queen does not necessarily hear it that way…
The King’s SpeechOscar winner
This film focuses on the father of Queen Elizabeth II. Directed by Tom Hooper, the drama film tells the story of Prince Albert, who became King George VI, played by British actor Colin Firth. Affected by a severe stutter, the king must fight against this handicap with the help of an unorthodox speech therapist. Laborious but essential work in order to deliver the speech which marks the entry of the United Kingdom into the Second World War, in September 1939. In the film, the young Princess Elizabeth, and future Queen of the United Kingdom, appears as a child. The feature film was a huge success both at the British Academy Film Awards, winning Best Picture in 2011, but above all it distinguished itself at the Oscars, winning four of the most coveted awards: the Oscar for Best Actor for Colin Firth, the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler, the Oscar for Best Director for Tom Hooper and the Oscar for Best Picture.
The Queen’s CorgiAnimated
Elizabeth II even gets an animated version. The animated movie The Queen’s Corgi, directed by Ben Stassen and Vincent Kesteloot, highlights the sovereign’s favorite dog, a Corgi. We follow the adventures of Rex, after biting the President of the United States, Donald Trump. The little dog, who is believed to be dead after fleeing and locked up in a kennel, will do everything to find his way back and regain the love of his queen. — Studio ETX