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King Charles III (2017)

Not Rated | | Drama, Sci-Fi | TV Movie 14 May 2017
Prince Charles' fictional accession to the throne following the Queen's death. When he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law, political chaos ensues: a constitutional crisis, street riots and a tank in front of Buckingham Palace.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Margot Leicester ...
Prime Minister Tristan Evans
Tim McMullan ...
James Reiss
Archbishop of Canterbury
Parth Thakerar ...
Ian Redford ...


A speculative, fictional "what if" scenario based on the controversial play of the same name in which Prince Charles becomes King Charles III following the Queen's death. His scandal-prone family schemes against him, as his controversial political decisions cause constitutional crisis and lead to chaotic riots and army in the streets. Some of the most shocking moments in the story include power-hungry Kate planning to take Charles down, Harry's relationship with a black Republican girlfriend, Camilla slapping her stepson and the ghost of Charles' late wife Princess Diana appearing to her children to give them council.

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The dialogue is basically written in blank verse (non-rhyming poetry), reminiscent of Shakespeare's plays. See more »


In one scene, the new king to succeed Charles III is referred to as King William IV. This is incorrect. He would be King William V. There was already a King William IV, 1830-1837.

The reference to King William IV was not to the future King William, but to the historical King William IV. The opposition leader suggested that Charles research how William IV dealt with his own conflict between crown and Parliament. In 1831, corruption amongst the ministers prompted the king to exercise his prerogative of dissolving the Parliament. The House of Lords was preparing to adopt a resolution against dissolution when William entered the chamber in person, cutting off debate, and declared the body dissolved. The scene in this production where King Charles enters Parliament to make the same declaration is deliberately patterned after that event. See more »


Referenced in Good Morning Britain: Episode dated 11 May 2017 (2017) See more »

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To play the king
5 June 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

King Charles III is a fictional drama with cod Shakespearean type language as it is spoken in blank verse which sees Prince Charles finally becoming monarch after the death of the present queen.

Almost immediately the new king causes a constitutional crisis by falling out with the elected Prime Minister over the issues of giving assent to a new law regarding press privacy.

King Charles's action brings chaos to the country and causes division within his own family with a grasping Kate seeing this as an opportunity for her husband William to seize the crown.

This was one of Tim Pigott-Smith's last performance who reprises his stage role of King Charles III, a man who finally gets to play the role he was born to play but whose ambition exceeds his constitutional grasp.

This was a finely performed film, however I would have thought in this crisis the press would be overwhelmingly on the side of the new King as he defends the freedom of the press.

The big issue I had though that the plot was similar in many ways to the BBC series, To Play the King (the second part of the BBC's House of Cards trilogy) which also had a Princess Diana type character vying to wrest the crown from her then errant husband and pass it on to her son. Here we see the ghost of Diana and Kate taking on the substance of the character who is an opportunist.

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