The Palace

Transmission: January 2008

  • ITV1: 8 x 60mins
  • Writers: Tom Grieves, Chris Lang, Charlotte Jones, Toby Whithouse
  • Producer: Gina Cronk
  • Directors: Metin Hüseyin, Maurice Phillips
  • Executive Producers: George Faber, Charles Pattinson, Tom Grieves
  • Starring: Rupert Evans, Jane Asher, Zoe Telford, Roy Marsden, Lorcan Cranitch, Sophie Winkleman, David Harewood and Sebastian Armesto

Buckingham Palace, England. The present - but the fictional, glamorous version.

The sudden death of the old King means the crown passes to Richard, the 24 year-old Prince of Wales. Richard is thrown into a role he thought he’d have twenty years to perfect, whilst the nation waits for him to mend his ways and fill his father’s shoes. He gets support, of a fashion, from the Royal Family: His brother Prince George, his glamorous and ambitious sister Princess Eleanor and his beautiful but damaged mother Queen Charlotte; each of whom have their own agendas and personal problems. He will be guided by his all-knowing Private Secretaries and a downstairs team of Pages, Valets and Footmen, and they’re going to enjoy all the fun of working in the smartest address in the world. But in a tabloid culture where sensation rules, and love must give way to duty, Richard will be forced to question whether his quest to become a suitable ruler is really worth the price…