Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King

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 (359)2016TV-PG
This is the inside story of the dynastic tensions that were unleashed when Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, fell in love with Prince Philip. Witness the complexities and frustrations of the royal marriage, as the monarch struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government.
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Tamsin Greig
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English [CC]
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English
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  1. 1. Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King
    May 1, 2016
    47min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    This is the inside story of the dynastic tensions that were unleashed when Princess Elizabeth, the future queen, fell in love with Prince Philip. Witness the complexities and frustrations of the royal marriage, as the monarch struggled to reconcile the love of her husband with the suspicions of her family and her government.

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Richard Sanders
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Denys BlakewayRichard Sanders
Season year
2016
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PBS
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HortensiaReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsSuperficial
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I enjoyed it. Some new information about Prince Philip's family I didn't know before. Lots and lots of interesting vintage film. Still, this is just a superficial overview of Prince Philip's life. It would be more interesting if they had delved deeper into his life as consort, specific activities, specific ways he may have affected the queen's opinions and actions, or ways he may not have been able to do so. Just to say at the end, "he made it work," is useless. How did he make it work? How did he change? How did the queen change?
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Dr McReviewed in the United States on January 29, 2017
5.0 out of 5 starsThis was an excellent background film with original footage
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As a child (six and onward) I had the pleasure of catching glimpses of both Prince Phillip and Queen Elizabeth, on their rare visits. Indeed I can recall a picture of "The Queen" at home. I was also given her name. Admittedly,I had a life crush on Prince Phillip (over fifty five years), but only in the sense of him being this strong, silent protector of the gentle Queen Elizabeth. A man I do not recall ever hearing, he always publicly responded the way one grew up expecting a husband to behave. Watching him respond crisply to the reporter, gave life and rekindled curiosity. This was an excellent background film with original footage, and a great introduction to the life and upbringing of Prince Phillip.
7 people found this helpful
Dawn Y. AldridgeReviewed in the United States on July 17, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars
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Very informative, interesting information shared gave me a different perception of him
8 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 9, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsPrince Philip is more interesting than you think.
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This was a good overall summary of Prince Phillips life. Well told with interesting interviews from some couisins and others associated with him. Not too much about anything personal in terms of what he, himself thinks...of course he would have to guard himself, wouldn't he. That bit about adjusting to always walking two steps behind his wife may have been the most revealing bit of all.
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BetsyReviewed in the United States on October 18, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsI would like to see more about the relationship he may have ...
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The royal family is an institution and a private one. We don't really see much of the man himself in this production, I would like to see more about the relationship he may have had with is mother; a woman who sheltered Jews during WW2, who gave away her possessions in this effort, and was "cured" of schizophrenia in the days before medication! She sounded more interesting,and upright than the Prince.
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Anna1755Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsGood overview, not big on insights into his controversial side
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Those who love all things royal will love this documentary. Those who wanted to know more about his socially unkempt side, his racist remarks, his testiness, his alleged bumpy relationship with Princess Diana will be very disappointed. Good overview, but they sure steered clear of controversy.
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JacqueReviewed in the United States on September 29, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsGood Back Story of Prince Philip
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Prince Philip: The Plot to Make a King is a very interesting back story about Queen Elizabeth's husband and how he became her consort. Curiosity urged me to watch this video and I was not disappointed, nor will you. I recommend this video to anyone interested in Prince Philip's story.
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L. T. BarrReviewed in the United States on November 22, 2016
5.0 out of 5 starsI'd recommend this for anyone who is interested in the royal ...
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This was an interesting and informative piece on a man who has probably had a strong influence on Queen Elizabeth. The narrative was engaging and didn't drag as these things can. I'd recommend this for anyone who is interested in the royal family.
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