8 AMC+ and Acorn TV Movies and TV Series to Watch Before the British Coronation
On Saturday, May 6, millions of people around the world will watch the coronation of Charles III and his wife, Camilla, as king and queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms. This will be the first British Royal coronation since Charles III's late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, was sworn in nearly 70 years ago in 1953.
To whet your appetite, here are 8 pieces of Royal-themed content available to stream on AMC+ and Acorn TV, including documentaries, historical drama series, and a long-running British chat show. They are all best enjoyed, of course, with a traditional English cup of tea and hot scones.
Jodie Turner-Smith stars in this AMC+ Original about Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. Set in Boleyn's final five months prior to her execution for treason in 1536, it's a gripping three-parter that shines a spotlight on a strong-willed and intelligent woman who hasn't always been given her dues. Gangs of London actor Paapa Essiedu co-stars in this historical drama with an admirably modern perspective. Watch Anne Boleyn on AMC+.
A Berry Royal Christmas
This one-off documentary follows William, Prince of Wales and Catherine, Princess of Wales as they visit their favorite charities during the festive season. It culminates in a special holiday party featuring food prepared by none other than Dame Mary Berry, whom you may know from The Great British Baking Show. It's a heartwarming watch that might — probably will — make you really quite hungry. Stream it now on Acorn TV.
A Tale of Two Sisters: The Royals
This documentary explores the relationship between notable British Royal sisters from history. The late Queen Elizabeth II and her sister Princess Margaret feature prominently, as do 16th century sisters Anne and Mary Boleyn, both of whom were romantically linked to King Henry VIII. It is narrated by Detectorists actress Rachael Stirling, daughter of the late, great Dame Diana Rigg. Stream it now on Acorn TV.
A Discovery of Witches
Season 2 of the addicting fantasy series based on Deborah Harkness' All Souls Trilogy is set in Elizabethan London. This means Teresa Palmer's intrepid witch Diana and Matthew Goode's charismatic vampire Matthew come face to face with the Queen Elizabeth I, who is played with some style by Barbara Martens. She appears in episodes 3 and 9, but the entire season will be a real treat for period drama lovers. Watch A Discovery of Witches on AMC+.
England's Forgotten Queen
This documentary shines a spotlight on Lady Jane Grey, a prominent noblewoman who served as Queen of England and Ireland for just nine days in July 1553. It's a fascinating and somewhat forgotten chapter of British Royal history that historian Helen Castor casts a sympathetic eye on here; you'll come away with plenty of respect for the ill-fated teenage queen. Stream it now on Acorn TV.
She-Wolves: England's Early Queens
Historian Helen Castor also leads this documentary about some of the remarkable women who have led the British Royal family. As the U.K. prepares to anoint a new male monarch, it's a welcome reminder that women have played a leading role in shaping one of the world's most prominent and enduring dynasties. Stream it now on Acorn TV.
BrItain's Bloodiest Dynasty
This four-part documentary series is all about the Plantagenets, a family of French origin who seized control of England during the 12th century and held onto power for more than 300 years. As the title suggests, their methods weren't exactly sweet and peaceful, so expect plenty of thrills, spills, and kills as historian Dan Jones recounts their story. Stream it now on Acorn TV.
The Graham Norton Show
Over the years, BBC America's much-loved chatshow has welcomed many actors who have portrayed members of the British Royal family – among them: Olivia Colman, Helen Mirren, Cate Blanchett, Josh O'Connor, and Helena Bonham Carter. The show has also featured countless hilarious anecdotes from people who have met King Charles III and members of his family So, why not dig into The Graham Norton Show's epic archive for some royal-ly good laughs? Watch The Graham Norton Show on AMC+.
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