Mrs. Brown

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It is 1804 and the Court and Government are in turmoil. Queen Victoria remains stricken with grief over Prince Albert's death and refuses to carry out any public duties, even the State Opening of Parliament. Her popularity with the British people is waning and there are calls to abolish the Monarchy. As a last resort Sir Henry Ponsonby, the Queen's Private Secretary, summons John Brown, her loyal Scottish Attendant, down from Balmoral to walk the Queen's pony. Perhaps if she will take some exercise, she will start to emerge from her mourning. Brown's arrival at Court is the beginning of an extraordinary relationship. A confident Scotsman with no respect for either English or Court protocol, Brown quickly becomes the Queen's most trusted companion. The Queen, happy in Brown's company, withdraws even further from pablic life. Rumours of an affair begin to scandalise polite society and a crisis in the Monarchy seems inevitable.

Directed by: John Madden
Written by: Jeremy Brock
Starring: Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, Gerald Butler, Richard Pasco, David Westhead, Bridget McConnel, Georgie Glen, Catherine O'Donnell
Produced by: Sarah Curtis
Original Music by: Stephen Warbeck

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