I know that I’ve already admitted to you my love for Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills/Orange County/New York/Atlanta/Melbourne etc so it’s probably no surprise that I make sure that E! Channel is in my subscription.
Well that exclamation point in E! just got a little more exciting with the launch of their very first scripted series “The Royals”. Revolving around a British Royal family in modern day London, the fictional one-hour drama was written by Mark Schwann and Elizabeth Hurley (seriously ladies she’s 49!!) leads the cast as villainous Queen Helena.
Queen Helena (Hurley) has the power, beauty and intelligence to get anything and everything she wants. And failure isn’t an option, especially when it comes to protecting her family’s image, which she will stop at nothing to control.
King Simon (Regan) is a moral compass amidst the chaos of palace life. He is a good king, yet one who controversially places his own family above the people he rules. The youngest son of Simon and Helena, Liam (Moseley) is thrust into the spotlight when he unexpectedly becomes the heir apparent in the pilot.
Liam enjoys the many perks of being the world’s most eligible bachelor while coping with the rigors and pressures that come with being the future King. Sole daughter Eleanor (Park) is a controversial princess whose bad choices play out in the tabloids, much to the Royals’ chagrin. She is raw, intelligent and forever waging a battle between her desires to be young and independent and the rules and tradition she was raised to live by.
Ophelia, a young American girl, is modern, self-reliant and independently thinking, which causes her to butt up against the traditions and rigidity of the Royal family when she embarks on a romance with Liam.
The monarchy is a world she has known for a long time as her father is the head of security, but she now experiences the spotlight in a different, more personal way when she starts dating the prince.
Elizabeth Hurley appeared on This Morning to chat about her new role and explained that she drew her inspiration from a wide range of influences.
‘Maybe Joan Collins was my inspiration… I was inspired a little by her part in Dynasty, so I pulled a little bit from her but also I tried to think ‘what would Princess Diana maybe have looked like had she become our Queen and was Queen today?’ she said.
Basically, it’s like Hello magazine for the screen. The series launches on E! Channel, Wednesday 25th March at 9pm.