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The Queen and I (2018)

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.


Dan Zeff


Stephen Russell, Sue Townsend (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Bond ... The Queen
Oliver Chris ... Prince of Wales
Amanda Abbington ... Anne
Julia McKenzie ... Queen Mum
Frances Barber ... Margaret
David Walliams ... Jack Barker
Pooky Quesnel ... Delia Manson
Matt Jamie Matt Jamie ... Eccentric Pollster
Nikhil Parmar Nikhil Parmar ... Sanjib Khan
Noah Bailey ... Prince Harry
Woody Melbourne Woody Melbourne ... Prince William
Bronwyn James ... WPC Ludlow
Sade Malone ... Marilyn
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Violet
Johnny Vegas ... Spiggy
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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.

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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 »

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Please read the book
18 January 2019 | by coldfeet2000See all my reviews

This could have been so much better. The book written by the late Sue Townsend. I've read the book on numerous occasions over the last 20 years and it's not at all how I pictured it. Where was Prince Phillip? Why was he excluded? It seemed very rushed. Johnny Vegas casting as Spiggy was about the only decent thing.

Such a shame. Sorry Sue.

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24 December 2018 (UK) See more »

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