TV Movie | | Drama
A new republican prime minister strips the British monarch and her family of their money and assets, and forces them to live on a rundown council estate.
Though the year of the action is never stated, the radio newsreader reporting the election result gives the date as 15th October. This must be a Friday, as UK General Elections are always held on a Thursday. The fifteenth of October fell on a Friday in 1993, which would tie in with the apparent ages of Princes William and Harry (though not with the Queen Mother claiming to be 92; she turned 93 in August of that year. Possibly she simply forgot).
The original novel by Sue Townsend was published in 1992 and set at the time of the 1992 general election. Although the time period is not mentioned in this film, Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret are still alive (both died in 2002) and Princes William and Harry are still children. However various 21st century items are featured such as vehicles, 2010s-style TV news graphics, tasers and electronic cigarettes.