The Queen's Lost Family

The Queen's Lost Family

Series 1 - Episode 1

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Review

Nearly all royal history documentaries are about the Windsors narrowly surviving a period of political upheaval that threatens to expose them as complacent hedonists and/or musty relics; this one’s no different, and it’s pleasingly chaotic as it charts the adult lives of George V’s very different children in the 1920s and beyond.

The presentation itself is a little chaotic as a bewilderingly large roster of historians takes turns to add details about Prince George’s hellraising, Prince Edward’s worryingly ambivalent views on worker emancipation, and Princess Mary’s yearning for a quiet life. But the show’s secret weapon – personal correspondence, hitherto unseen – gives it the moreish flavour of fresh gossip.

Summary

The inside story of the royal family over three turbulent decades from the 1920s to the end of the Second World War. It begins just after the First World War, as monarchies throughout Europe have toppled, and most working men and many women now have the vote.

Cast & Crew

Director Kelly Close
Executive Producer Julia Harrington
Producer Lisa Martinson
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