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Director Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Kathy Burke and Richard Attenborough
When Catholic Queen Mary dies the succession goes to Elizabeth, the Protestant half-sister Mary was not prepared to execute. The new Queen finds herself surrounded by advisors, some supportive but some plotting to restore the Catholic line by almost any means. She is also under pressure to marry and produce an heir but her lover Lord Robert Dudley is not considered suitable. Queen Elizabeth I realises she has some decisions to make, the most important being who rules England.
Henry V (1989)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Based on the play by William Shakespeare
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Simon Shepherd, James Larkin and Richard Briers
King Henry V of England is insulted by the King of France. As a result, he leads his army into battle against France. Along the way, the young King must struggle with the sinking morale of his troops and his own inner doubts. The war culminates at the bloody Battle of Agincourt.
The King's Speech (2010)
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter and Derek Jacobi
King George VI, also known as Bertie, reluctantly takes the throne of England when his brother, Edward, abdicates in 1936. The unprepared king turns to a radical speech therapist, Lionel Logue, to help overcome his nervous stutter and the two forge a friendship.
The Young Victoria (2009)
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent and Mark Strong
A dramatisation of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
The Madness of King George (1994)
Director: Nicholas Hytner
Based on the play 'The Madness of King George' by Alan Bennett
Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett, Ian Holm and Rupert Graves
A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by King George III (now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder). As he loses his senses, the King becomes both more alive and more politically marginalized; neither effect desirable to his lieutenants, who jimmy the rules to avoid a challenge to regal authority, raising the question of who is really in charge.
Henry VIII and His Six Wives (1973)
Director: Waris Hussein
Starring: Keith Michell, Donald Pleasence, Charlotte Rampling, Lynn Frederick, Barbara Leigh-Hunt and Jane Asher
On his deathbed, King Henry VIII looks back over his eventful life and his six marriages.
The Queen (2006)
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell, Alex Jennings, Helen McCrory and Sylvia Syms
An intimate behind-the-scenes glimpse at the interaction between HM Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair during their struggle, following the death of Diana, Princess of Wales to reach a compromise between what was a private tragedy for the Royal family and the public's demand for an overt display of mourning.
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà and Abbie Cornish
As Elizabeth I's cousin Mary Stuart conspires with King Philip of Spain to topple the throne, Sir Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth's trusty advisor works tirelessly to protect her from the many plots and conspiracies against her. Preparing to go to war against the Spanish Armada to defend her empire, Elizabeth struggles to balance royal duties with an unexpected vulnerability in her attraction to explorer Sir Walter Raleigh.
Lady Jane (1986)
Director: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Cary Elwes, John Wood, Michael Hordern and Jane Lapotaire
After the deaths of King Henry VIII and his young son and heir King Edward VI, Henry's 15-year-old great-niece, Lady Jane Grey is chosen to rule by a group of palace conspirators who vow to keep the country Protestant and out of the hands of the Church of Rome.
She is crowned, against her will, and her reign lasts only nine days until Princess Mary, Henry's legitimate daughter by first wife, the Catholic Catherine of Aragon, and her supporters rally around and crown her Queen. Jane is imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually beheaded, along with her husband, Guilford Dudley, for what is presumed to be their part in the conspiracy.
Director: Ken Hughes
Starring: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley and Dorothy Tutin
In 17th-century England, ambitious country gentleman Oliver Cromwell is disgusted with the policies of King Charles I and plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.
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