Episode 1

  • Re-aired 3/24/2019
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Nominated for two BAFTA awards, including Single Drama, and Leading Actor Tim Pigott-Smith.

King Charles III, adapted by Mike Bartlett from his Tony-nominated stage play, is part political thriller, part family drama and a timely examination of contemporary Britain.

Prince Charles has waited his entire life to ascend to the British throne. But after the Queen’s death, he immediately finds himself wrestling his conscience over a bill to sign into law. With the future of the monarchy under threat, protests on the streets, and his family in disarray, Charles must grapple with his own identity and purpose, to decide whether, in the twenty-first century, the British crown still has any real power.

This adaptation retains the daring verse of the original text while fully realizing on screen the ambitious scale and spectacle suggested by the play – from Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace to the restless streets of London.

Tim Pigott-Smith (Downton Abbey, The Hour) reprises the role of Charles from the acclaimed West End and Broadway production, while Charlotte Riley (Close To The Enemy, Peaky Blinders) stars as Kate Middleton.

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