Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Meet your new king!



I've just been enjoying a new royal romp on ITV1 called The Palace.


Set among a fictional UK royal family, the old king has died and his 24-year-old party-loving son takes over.


Obviously, there are a few changes so the producers could not be sued for libel.


It is indeed a king that has just died and while the two princes look like Wills and Harry, there is an ambitious older sister who plots to be queen, and a younger sister who pretends to be normal.


The first episode presented 60 minutes or so or light-hearted and amusing entertainment. Not Sheakespeare but a joyful hour I'll ensure I will enjoy again every Monday for the next few weeks and pray I can catch the rest in New Zealand. I am sure one of the channels would find it a worthy buy.


Of course, should we mock our Royal Family this way? I don't see it as mocking but yet another stage in tv drama which has often seen the protrayal of fictional and real prime ministers in various dramatisations. One concerning Margaret Thatcher faces its imminent UK broadcast and in The Palace, there are a parallels to the West Wing, which has been an influence on the show.


Indeed, I feel that a show like this highlights one of the benefits of our constitutional monorchy. The fact that they don't have any real power means our political system is democratic, they are an entertaining side show as well as a focal point for the nation, whether or not we take them seriously. They are part of what makes Britons British and New Zealand part of the Commonwealth.


Of course, why should political dramatisations be restricted to the British, who have done some fine portrayals of Queen Elizabeth in 'The Queen' or even Tony Blair in the very same movie or the tv programme 'The Trial of Tony Blair' which just had another showing.


Imagine what fun, if it dared, TV1 or TV3 might have about the lives and loves of a fictional Prime Minister sleeping her way around the Beehive, putting her lesbian consort in ministerial positions, plotting to undermine our electoral system, and with a husband who has been a very naughty boy. Imagine, imagine.

Now, while some have dimissed ITV1s new royal drama as Buckingham Palace meets Dallas, the real-life royal soap opera continues. The Inquest into the death of Princess Diana today featured Butler Paul Burrell revealing what he saw, denying she was bumped off by her adulterous husband Charles, who she claimed was planning a car accident, and that father-in-law Prince Philip would hardly kill the mother of his grandchildren either.

Furthermore, Diana's 'true love' Dr Hasnat Khan has just given an interview to ITV1's News at Ten. And one of the weekend papers revealed why Diana liked Muslim men like Dr Hasnat Khan and Dodi Fayed. Apparantly, she had a thing for hairy backs!

3 comments:

Psycho Milt said...

Imagine what fun, if it dared, TV1 or TV3 might have about the lives and loves of a fictional Prime Minister sleeping her way around the Beehive, putting her lesbian consort in ministerial positions, plotting to undermine our electoral system, and with a husband who has been a very naughty boy. Imagine, imagine.

I'd rather they waited til Key's in power, then made one about the lives and loves of a fictional PM sleeping his way round the Beehive, putting his gay consort in ministerial positions, plotting to undermine our electoral system, and with a wife who enjoys knee-tremblers with proletarians outside the pub. Oh, how we'd laugh!

FAIRFACTS MEDIA said...

Knowing the prejudices of the tv scriptwriters, they just well might.
I hope I get to see the Thatcher biopic and it will be interesting to see how they have portrayed her.
There was some tv/movie adaptation about the Thatcher years some years back, which featured some gay guy being adopted by a Tory minister or something and , if I recall right, it featured him fuelled on coke and dancing with the great and dear Maggie.
That created a bit of a stir in certain right-leaning tabloids.

Psycho Milt said...

Gay and fuelled by coke? Thatch wouldn't have noticed much difference between him and the other Tory kids, would she?

You're right about the TV scriptwriters - maybe they could set the "West" writers on the job...