King Charles III, the upcoming BBC2 drama which finds itself set in an alternate timeline universe where Prince Charles ascends to the throne following the Queen’s death, is based on Doctor Foster writer Mike Bartlett’s Olivier Award-winning play of the same name. Tim Pigott-Smith and Adam James will be reprising their roles from the play, as Charles and future Prime Minister Tristram Evans, respectively, alongside Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, Peaky Blinders) who will star as the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.
The plot of King Charles III centers around the newly crowned King refusing to sign a controversial bill into law and the political chaos that ensues because of it. While recent television dramas such as Victoria and The Crown have been laser-focused on the past when it comes to the monarchy, King Charles III takes a refreshing approach and jumps into the TARDIS and heads to the future for a bit of national unrest and upheaval. Created and written by writer, Mike Bartlett, King Charles III also stars Oliver Chris (Green Wing) as William, Richard Goulding (The Iron Lady) as Harry and stage star Margot Leicester as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
King Charles III will air in 2017 on BBC Two with rumors of a late Spring 2017 premiere on PBS.