A new republican prime minister strips the British monarch and her family of their money and assets, and forces them to live on a rundown council estate.
Did You Know?
Prince Philip and Princess Diana do not feature as characters in this adaptation despite doing so in the novel. Diana is not mentioned by name but only in passing as Prince Charles' "ex-wife" and Philip is not mentioned at all. Presumably the omission of Diana from this was a mark of respect given her tragic death in a car accident in 1997, which drew a huge public reaction. In the novel, Diana is drawn to a local man after Charles is imprisoned and Philip sinks into depression, refuses to get out of bed and ends up in a psychiatric ward. See more
The original novel by Sue Townsend
was published in 1992 and set at the time of the 1992 general election. Although the time period is not mentioned in this film, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
and Princess Margaret
are still alive (both died in 2002) and Princes William and Harry are still children. However various 21st century items are featured such as vehicles, 2010s-style TV news graphics, tasers and electronic cigarettes. See more