If you simply cannot wait for the royal wedding, these acclaimed dramas covering the royal family over the centuries should keep you occupied. And look out for the definitive BBC DVD of Harry & Meghan's big day, released on 28th May.
Pomp and circumstance, be-headings, court intrigue and lashings of fictional licence will enlighten, surprise, entertain and delight – just like our very own, dear House of Windsor.
And, if this isn’t enough to sate your appetite for Markle mania, perhaps you might want to watch her starring as a smart and sassy lawyer in Suits.
Helena Bonham Carter has been confirmed to play Princess Margaret in Series 3, so make sure you catch up with the universally applauded which stars Claire Foy, Olivia Colman and Matt Smith.
In 1838, at the age of 18, a young princess ascends the throne of Great Britain and becomes Queen Victoria, played by Jenna Coleman. She is unschooled and naïve, but charismatic prime minister, Lord Melbourne (Rufus Sewell) is on hand to keep her on track. Naturally, she falls for his ‘older man’ charms, until a handsome young German Albert arrives on the scene.
Starring Emily Blunt as Queen Victoria during the 19th century, this lavish drama focuses on her early life, her marriage, and her reign. Featuring ensemble cast of characters including some of Britain’s most beloved actors.
This gorgeously filmed and epic historical drama is set in 1464 against the backdrop of the Wars of the Roses, and tells the stories of three different women with a taste for power.
The BBC masterpiece, adapted from the Booker Prize winning novels by Hilary Mantel stars Damien Lewis as King Henry VIII, Claire Foy as Anne Boleyn and Mark Rylance as Cromwell. What more could you possibly want?
This part-political drama, part-thriller is set in the near future and stars Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles III. The newly crowned King refuses to sign a bill and triggers a constitutional crisis, and threatens the existence of the monarchy.
Hollywood A-listers Scarlett Johannson and Natalie Portman star as the Boleyn sisters, and Mark Rylance plays their ambitious dad who hopes Henry VIII will take one of his beautiful girls as his mistress. The cast also includes Kristen Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch. Heads will roll.
New Labour modernism is pitted against old-fashioned Royal Family protocol in this amusingly melancholic and Oscar-winning factual drama set immediately after Princess Diana's fatal car crash in 1997. Helen Mirren stars as Elizabeth II and Michael Sheen as her newly elected PM, Tony Blair.
Moody Jonathan Rhys-Myers stars as Henry VIII and this can only means even more sex, palace intrigue, murder, plotting, and be-headings than you can shake a sword at.
A short swim across the Channel takes us to the court of Louis XIV, France’s Sun King, who conducted dozens of love affairs. This drama is so raunchy, you probably wouldn’t want to watch it with your parents. Think less ‘off with her head’ and more ‘off with her dress’.
The wedding of the year! From the wedding outfits to the celebrity guests,
this official BBC DVD covers all aspects of the much anticipated nuptials between Prince Harry and American actress Meghan Markle, which took place on Saturday May 19th, 2018. Packed with footage from the special day, spliced with interviews and social commentary, this definitive DVD is a collector’s edition to celebrate a key moment in the history of the British royal family.