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The Queen's Sister (2005)

Not Rated | | Biography, Comedy, Drama | TV Movie 5 March 2006
Following the death of her father George VI princess Margaret hopes to marry the war hero Peter Townsend but is told that if she does she will be cut out of the Civil List and receive no ... See full summary »

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Simon Cellan Jones

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Craig Warner
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lucy Cohu ... Princess Margaret
Meredith MacNeill ... Sharman Douglas
Al Barclay Al Barclay ... Billy Wallace (as Alex Barclay)
Edward Tudor-Pole ... Cecil Beaton (as Edward Tudor Pole)
James Wallace James Wallace ... Sunny Blandford
Aden Gillett ... Peter Townsend
Douglas Reith ... Horace Featherstonehaugh
Felicity Montagu Felicity Montagu ... Gillian Fleming
Peggy Batchelor Peggy Batchelor ... Mile End Flat Woman
Peter Gordon Peter Gordon ... Mile End Flat Man
David Threlfall ... Prince Philip
Michael Elwyn ... Archbishop Fisher
Bruno Ouvrard ... French Newsagent
Robert Fitch Robert Fitch ... Piers Waldron
Jonathan Hansler Jonathan Hansler ... Colin Tennant
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Storyline

Following the death of her father George VI princess Margaret hopes to marry the war hero Peter Townsend but is told that if she does she will be cut out of the Civil List and receive no money. Throughout her life she is criticized by the anti-Royalist MP Willie Hamilton. She pursues a hedonistic life-style more suited to a wealthy upper class woman than a royal but in 1960 she meets and marries the photographer Anthony Armstrong-Jones and they have two children. However Margaret's insistence on being a party girl puts a strain on the marriage and they drift apart, each having affairs. Depressed when one of her lovers Robin Douglas-Home kills himself Margaret finds unexpected solace with the much younger Roddy Llewellyn, an aspiring singer who lives on a commune and whop shelters her from publicity. However they are snapped kissing and are emblazoned across the gutter press. For Armstrong-Jones and the royal family this is the final straw. Margaret is last seen on the Caribbean island... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A királynő nővére See more »

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Lillebet and Margaret Rose ALWAYS referred to their uncle as "Uncle David", which was his given name. The idea that Princess Margaret, years later in conversation with Prince Philip, would call him "Uncle Edward" is totally preposterous. At her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II had 2 children (Charles and Anne). That would make her only sister third in line to the throne (not fifth, as claimed by the bogus announcer). Yes, years later 2 further children pushed Margaret back to fifth in line - - but certainly NOT at the time of the coronation. See more »

Quotes

Danny La Rue: [Princess Margaret has seen Danny naked; he proceeds to cover himself up] What are you doing here?
Princess Margaret: Don't worry, Danny, I've seen a queen's crown jewels before!
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Uneven in tone, but Lucy Cohu does a great job
23 April 2006 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Princess Margaret, the Queen's once beautiful sister, is today best remembered for her infamous rudeness, dissolute lifestyle, and premature infirmity. But it is possible to feel sorry for her, and to see as as spoilt by a combination of the absence of a role, and the first intrusions of our evolving celebrity culture. The 'Queen's Sister' is a rather peculiar rendering of her story: some of the time, it appears to be a sympathetic account of the (partly self-inflicted) awfulness of her life, but it intermittently descends into raucous satire with relatively little care for historical truth (for example, if you were to take it literally, you'd conclude the Robin Douglas-Home was Harold Wilson's son in law!). It's saved by a superb performance from Lucy Cohu as the Princess, aided by some excellent make-up work: she's physically convincing throughout, even though her character ages by over twenty years during the span of the drama (though the scenes where she sings never seem real). Interestingly, the Queen makes not a single appearance, though it's unclear whether this is a reflection of the truth, an unwillingness to directly attack the monarch, or simply a wicked delight in the idea that she only spoke to her sister through her husband, who is played by David Threllfall (clearly taking a few steps up in the world from playing Frank Gallacher!). In fact, Threlfall's performance as Philip reminds one less of the real Prince, but more of Rory Bremner impersonating his son. Overall, this is a curate's egg of a film, but Cohu makes it worth watching.


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