Drama 'to reveal' Queen's spat with Margaret Thatcher
For more than a decade, a frosty relationship had existed between the Queen and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Now, the mutual mistrust and dislike among them will be explored in a new television drama.world Updated: Nov 08, 2009 15:42 IST
For more than a decade, a frosty relationship had existed between the Queen and former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Now, the mutual mistrust and dislike among them will be explored in a new television drama.
The five-part TV series, 'The Queen', to be aired by Channel 4, dramatises a tense relationship between the two figures, and intersperses interviews with real courtiers and politicians with dramatised scenes from the Monarch's career.
Often blurring the line between fact and fiction, the drama shows their dealings as a series of confrontations and spats between the Queen and Thatcher, who was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990, 'The Sunday Times' reported.
The Queen dislikes hardly being able to "get a word in edgeways" with her haughty Premier, while her consort derides "that bloody grocer's daughter". Thatcher, meanwhile, resents what she sees as Royal meddling in the Commonwealth.
In one scene, the Prime Minister tells the Queen she is buying a retirement home in the comfortable London suburb of Dulwich. The Monarch's reply is as sarcastic as snobbish: "That's near Peckham, isn't it?"
The Queen then makes another cutting remark about politicians who "come and go", drawing a vigorous riposte from "Iron Lady" Thatcher.
In the television series, which begins on November 29, the Queen is played by five actresses at different points of her reign. Those interviewed on screen include Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury; actress Anna Massey, a friend of Duke of Edinburgh; and Queen's former press secretary.
The producers of the series have said that they "kept the (Buckingham) Palace informed about what we were up to at all times".