In the mood for some royal-related programming? Here are our top 10 picks.
The with recent anniversary of the death of Princess Diana and the second season of The Crown on the way, we thought a little royal streaming was in order. If you have any crumpets in the house, now is the time to break them out.
10. Secrets of Her Majesty’s Secret Service
What’s more British than James Bond and stories of the Secret Service? In the shadowy world of espionage there is no spy agency more legendary than Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Founded over 100 years ago, it has evolved into a global spying network. Better known by its old government identifier as MI6, separate fact from fiction and discover what the life of a spy is really like.
9. Secrets of the Tower of London
While we’re on the subject of crime, the formidable Tower of London has been a royal castle, a prison, a place of execution and torture, an armory and the Royal Mint. This program unlocks the doors to secret rooms, talks to the people who do the jobs no one sees and reveals some surprising facts.
8. Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King
This documentary is about the Duke of Edinburgh’s transformation from Greek-Germanic sailor of dubious character into a pillar of the second Elizabethan reign. It tells a riveting tale of how the slippery Lord Mountbatten conspired to marry his nephew, Prince Philip Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, into the British royal family. The film reveals the complexities and frustrations of the Royal marriage as the Queen struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government. We do love that drama, don’t we?
7. Very British Problems
Ok, this isn’t really about the royal family. But how can we possibly discuss this topic without acknowledging all of the wonderful idiosyncrasies that make the British so wonderfully British? The pomp, the circumstance, the polite treachery are just a few of the things that make this subject so irresistible.
6. The Queen
Helen Mirren stars in this film depicting the aftermath of the death of Princess Diana. Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair (Michael Sheen) struggle to reach a compromise in how the royal family should publicly respond to the tragedy. In the balance is the family’s need for privacy and the public’s demand for an outward show of mourning. Mirren won an Academy Award for best actress and was even invited to dinner at Buckingham Palace for her stunning portrayal.
5. Secrets of Althorp The Spencers
Althorp, childhood home and final resting place of Princess Diana, is currently the home of Diana’s brother, Charles, the 9th Earl Spencer. Nineteen generations of Spencers have presided over this grand estate for more than 500 years. Now you can go behind the scenes and take a tour.
4. The Royals
This six-part series examines Britain’s royal family phenomenon, showcasing its role in English life through interviews with those in the know. The British royals remain one of the great guilty pleasures back here in the Colonies, and this series serves up everything from royal weddings to scandals.
3. Elizabeth at 90
In celebration of the Queen’s 90th birthday, she’s sharing some old home cine films – shot by herself, her husband and her parents. Narrated by various members of her family, we’re included in intimate moments of their lives. The footage had never been publicly shown and came from the Queen’s private archive of homemade films. It’s a charming and warm portrait of the Queen.
Diana: 7 Days that Shook The World
August 31st marked twenty years since the Princess of Wales was fatally injured and we remember the incredible toll it had on the public.
“Diana’s death was our JFK,” said Sunday Express editor Camilla Tominey. “It was our moment of real shock at a cataclysmic, unexpected tragedy.”
The film takes a dramatic look at the week leading up to Princess Diana’s funeral at Westminster Abbey, with exclusive interviews with Diana’s staff, Downing Street advisors, journalists and members of the public. It’s an absorbing must-watch.
This Netflix Original series details the life of Queen Elizabeth II (Claire Foy) from the 1940s to modern times. From her political dealings to her romances and family, it’s an exhaustive and lavish look inside her life. It has won several awards, including two Golden Globes, and has scads of other nominations including BAFTAs and Emmys. With a stellar cast that only promises to get better as the series moves on, this is one royal drama you want to tune into.