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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.


Rupert Goold


Mike Bartlett, Mike Bartlett (based on original stage play by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tim Pigott-Smith ... Charles
Oliver Chris ... William
Richard Goulding ... Harry
Charlotte Riley ... Kate
Margot Leicester Margot Leicester ... Camilla
Tamara Lawrance ... Jess
Adam James ... Prime Minister Tristan Evans
Priyanga Burford ... Mrs. Stevens
Tim McMullan Tim McMullan ... James Reiss
Katie Brayben ... Diana
Nyasha Hatendi ... Paul
John Shrapnel ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Parth Thakerar Parth Thakerar ... Spencer
Ian Redford Ian Redford ... Speaker
Max Bennett ... Coottsey


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 counsel.

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14 May 2017 (USA) See more »

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The movie is based on a play by Mike Bartlett, that toured England following a critically acclaimed run at the Almeida Theatre (London, April 2014) and in the West End. The play was Best New Play at the Olivier Awards and the Critics' Circle Theatre Awards, and received the South Bank Sky Arts Theatre Award. See more »


William is wearing a plain crimson sash with his Irish Guards uniform in the coronation scene. He should be wearing the crimson-and-gold State sash on this most formal of occasions. See more »


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

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Sounds more like Yoda than Shakespeare

Pretty much unwatchable. What a terrible waste of Tim Piggot-Smith's last role to be in this clunker. The fake Shakespearean dialog was apparently written by someone who has read very little Shakespeare! The acting was stiff except for the king and the PM. And breaking the 4th wall did nothing to upgrade this piece of fluff that turned out to be more of a giant plop of molten lead.

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