BBC Two’s adaption of Mike Bartlett’s award-winning and internationally acclaimed play airs under a large amount of publicity – and most of it aimed at what many have considered a republic sentiment running through it. Sadly this was also Tim Pigott-Smith’s last TV work before he died.
Prince Charles has waited a lifetime to ascend to the throne. But after the Queen’s death he finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to sign into law. His hesitation detonates a constitutional and political crisis and divides his family, with William and Kate realising his actions may threaten their future.
Meanwhile an unhappy Prince Harry starts a relationship with a commoner, just when the press is looking to attack…
With the Monarchy’s future under threat, protests on the streets and his family in disarray, Charles must grapple with his identity and purpose, to decide whether the Crown still has any real power.
UK / BBC Two – Drama Republic Ltd / 1×90 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 10 May 2017 from 9.00pm
Writer: Mike Bartlett / Executive Producers: Greg Brenman, Roanna Benn, Mike Bartlett, Rupert Goold / Producer: Simon Maloney / Director: Rupert Goold
Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles
Oliver Chris as William
Richard Goulding as Harry
Charlotte Riley as Kate
Adam James as Prime Minister
Tamara Lawrance as Jess
Margot Leicester as Camilla
Tim McMullan as James Reiss
Priyanga Burford as Mrs Stevens
Katie Brayben as Diana
Nyasha Hatendi as Paul
John Shrapnel as Archbishop of Canterbury
Parth Thakerar as Spencer
Ian Redford as Speaker
Max Bennett as Coottsey
Tom Mothersdale as Bob
Rupert Vansittart as Sir Matthew