The Royals (2016)

Victoria Ekanoye (Rachel, left), Elizabeth Hurley (Queen Helena, center) and Alexandra Park (Princess Eleanor, right) standing in a grand living room with white and gold walls

Victoria Ekanoye (Rachel, left), Elizabeth Hurley (Queen Helena, center) and Alexandra Park (Princess Eleanor, right) © Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Creator: Mark Schwahn

Starring: Elizabeth Hurley Andrew Bicknell, William Mosely, Alexandra Park, Jake Maskall, Tom Austen

Production Companies: Mastermind Laboratories, Varsity Pictures, Lionsgate Television, Universal Cable Productions

Kent Locations Used: Allington Castle, Boughton Monchelsea Place

Set in modern day London and following the lives of a fictional British Royal Family headed up by Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley), American television drama series The Royals is set to return on E! for a second series.

The series picks up after the murder of King Simon by an unknown assailant, where his brother Cyrus has taken the throne after deeming the Prince and Princess illegitimate, with the help of the Queen to fabricate the paternity results. Convinced the Queen is on his side, her majesty has her own agenda to change the succession of the Royal Family and make the power shift to the queen if anything should happen to yet another king. Meanwhile, Liam vows to bring his father’s murderer to justice and teams up with an unlikely ally to do so.

The show was created by Mark Schwahn (Coach Carter, One Tree Hill) and the ensemble cast includes Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Gossip Girl), Andrew Bicknell (The Dark Knight, The Meaning of Life), William Mosely (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Run), Alexandra Park (The Elephant Princess, Home and Away), Jake Maskall (EastEnders, Centurion) and Tom Austen (Grantchester, Unforgotten).

The Royals production made use of two locations in Kent for the second series: Boughton Monchelsea Place which can be seen in episode three as the manor house that Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Parks) and Jasper (Tom Austen) visit. Allington Castle which features in episode seven where Princess Eleanor (Alexandra Parks) and Queen Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) visit.

Boughton Monchelsea Place is a 16th century manor house set within 15 miles of countryside to the south of Maidstone. Boughton Monchelsea Place has been chosen as a film location by upcoming feature film The Carer (2016), Half Broken Things (2007) and a variety of photoshoots.

Allington Castle is privately owned and situated on the banks of the River Medway and was previously on screen in Mary Tudor for BBC Education (2005),  Covington Cross (1992) and The Zany Adventures of Robin Hood (1984).

The second series of The Royals starts  on Wednesday 10th February 2016 at 21:00 on E! – Sky channel 239 and Virgin 156.


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