VIC­TO­RIA & AB­DUL

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - TV Guide - - Front Page -

6.35PM, FOXTEL MOVIES MAS­TER­PIECE

THANKS to TheCrown and our new ob­ses­sion with the young roy­als, it would seem im­pos­si­ble to re­veal some­thing the modern monar­chist doesn’t know about Queen El­iz­a­beth II and her clan. Yet this film about her pre­de­ces­sor, Vic­to­ria (Dame Judi Dench, pic­tured), was ab­so­lutely fas­ci­nat­ing, turn­ing a spot­light on the lit­tle-known re­la­tion­ship be­tween the queen and Ab­dul Karim, an In­dian clerk sum­moned to the royal court from the sub-con­ti­nent, who would be­come her con­fi­dante and ‘Mun­shi’ (teacher). Ed­die Iz­zard plays Ber­tie, the bad-man­nered heir, who waits im­pa­tiently for his as­cen­sion to the throne and feels threat­ened by his mother’s un­usual com­pan­ion.

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