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In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
The historical Abigail entered Queen Anne's service in 1704. Anne's husband, Prince George of Denmark, is never seen or mentioned, even though he died in 1708. His death, as well as the deaths of their children, was among the reasons for Anne's depression.
How was my speech?
Lady Sarah: You were brilliant.
Queen Anne: Did I lisp?
Lady Sarah: You don't lisp.
Queen Anne: I know. That was what was so troubling about it. The thought that I suddenly did.
In one scene, a black woman is at court, wearing full aristocratic dress. There is no historical evidence to support black noblewomen present at any English court during this period. However, British merchants were heavily involved in the Atlantic slave trade. Before the UK outlawed slavery in 1772 (1834 in the colonies), most African slaves in the UK were domestic servants. The black woman in aristocratic dress could have been someone's slave.
Both the Twentieth Century Fox and Film4 fanfares are played using the creaking and sounds of rabbits in their cages.
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