The Palace - Series 1 DVD contains the first installment of episodes from this witty and intriguing Royal drama, which reveals the dysfunctional truth behind the world's most famous family. The show begins with Prince Richard IV's (Rupert Evans) sudden accession to the throne following the unexpected death of his father, King James III. Young, accustomed to a more carefree lifestyle, and a little unconventional (in a Royal sense anyway), King Richard finds himself under immense pressure to quickly deal with his grief, fend off unwanted attention from the Press, battle against jealous siblings, and deal with family members who aren't confident in his ability to take the Crown. Alongside Evans, The Palace - Series 1 stars Jane Asher (as the widowed Queen Charlotte), Sophie Winkleman (as Princess Elanor, Richard's envious older sister), Sebastian Armesto (as Prince George) and Nathalie Lunghi (as the younger Princess Isabelle).
THE PALACE follows the exploits of a fictional British Royal Family living in Buckingham Palace. After the death of the King, his eldest son Prince Richard (Rupert Evans) takes over the throne at the tender age of 24. As his mother Queen Charlotte (Jane Asher) mourns the death of her husband she turns to her manservant Jeremy for support. Princess Eleanor (Sophie Winkleman) is the oldest child and proud of her Royal stature, but her anger at being passed over for the crown threatens a rift in the family. As Richard's younger brother and sister enjoy and adjust to their roles, in equal measure, he is left with the daunting task of leading a nation whilst keeping the press sweet as they sharpen their knives ready for his fall. This glossy, high-concept series takes you inside a private world of secrets, backstabbing, power-play, family honour and duty. Clearly having fun with its creative licence, yet acknowledging that sometimes truth can be just as sensational as fiction.