The Queen
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Written byColin Swash
Edmund Coulthard
Patrick Reams
Directed byEdmund Coulthard
Patrick Reams
StarringEmilia Fox
Samantha Bond
Susan Jameson
Barbara Flynn
Diana Quick
Katie McGrath
Theme music composerMiguel d'Oliveira
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of episodes5
ProducerMarion Milne
Original release
NetworkChannel 4
Release28 November (2009-11-28) –
3 December 2009 (2009-12-03)

The Queen is a 2009 British docudrama showing Elizabeth II at various points during her life. Broadcast on Channel 4 over five consecutive nights from 29 November 2009, the Queen is portrayed by a different actress in each episode. The series was co-funded by the American Broadcasting Company,[1] the network which aired the series in the US.[2]

This marked the first of two times Emilia Fox and Katie McGrath portrayed sisters: they would go on to appear as Morgause and Morgana in BBC One's Merlin.


Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Episode 4

Episode 5


The series was shot in Southern England. Locations used in the filming included Stourhead, Longleat, Neston Park, Grittleton House, Knebworth House and the Orchardleigh Estate.[3]


No.[4] Title Role of the Queen[4] Story[4] Air date
1 "Margaret" Emilia Fox Princess Margaret's romance with Peter Townsend 29 November 2009
2 "Us and Them" Samantha Bond Early 1970s civil unrest and attempted kidnapping of Anne, Princess Royal 30 November 2009
3 "The Rivals" Susan Jameson Apartheid (South Africa) boycott and 1986 Commonwealth Games 1 December 2009
4 "The Enemy Within" Barbara Flynn Annus horribilis of 1992 2 December 2009
5 "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Camilla?" Diana Quick Wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles 3 December 2009


  1. ^ Docu-drama The Queen on Channel 4 ITN Source. 5 November 2009
  2. ^ Five actors to play the Queen in 'pivotal' Channel 4 drama The Guardian. 27 January 2009
  3. ^ The Making of The Queen Channel 4. Retrieved on 17 June 2011
  4. ^ a b c "The Queen". Channel Four Television Corporation. Archived from the original on 17 August 2016.