The Windsors: Interview with the writers

Words by Louise Busfield 

The satirical comedy soap opera lampooning the lives of our much-loved royal family is returning to Channel 4 for a second series. Writers and co-creators Bert Tyler-Moore and George Jeffrie tell us what we can expect from the new series.

What is new this series?

George: We have Harry’s new girlfriend Meghan Markle portrayed as a strong, independent woman in control of her own life but she wants to marry a prince and live in a fairy castle.

Where does this new series pick-up from?

George: It picks up from where the real royal family are now. Or where they were when we were filming.

Bert: For example Pippa’s got a new fiancé who is a psychopath hedge funder, but she’s still very jealous of Kate.

George: There are similar themes to series one: Wills is looking for a role; Beatrice and Eugenie are looking for a job, Prince Andrew is still wheeling and dealing.

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Pictured left to right: Harry Enfield (Charles) and Haydn Gwynne (Camilla). Photo: Channel 4

How would you describe the show to someone who hasn’t seen it before?

George: A Ken Loach docudrama.

Bert: It’s the real members of the royal family but in a very over the top comedy soap drama.

How do you both keep coming up with new ideas? Where do you get your inspiration from?

Bert: Very much from real events, like Wills being a hands on dad. We also found out he had been fast tracked in his helicopter training and we made that into a story.

George: We do a lot of research, well we read the Mail Online a lot, its all stories in the press that are out there.

Bert: So in real life Beatrice was signed up to be a motivational speaker so we’ve got her and Eugenie doing that. They address a factory of steel workers at Port Talbot and save the British steel industry.

George: And we sometimes give a nod to classic stories and fairy tales- we’re not suggesting Charles has an identical twin locked up in a tower but he does in our show.

Do Royal events overtake you?

George: Pippa kept her wedding quite close to her chest so we didn’t know the date until we had virtually finished filming so she’s engaged for most of our series. Things like that can be a bit tricky but hopefully people understand how it works, we’re not mind readers.

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Pictured: Richard Goulding (Harry). Photo: Channel 4

Are The Queen and Prince Philip going to be in this series?

Bert: We tend to avoid The Queen as she isn’t as silly as the others. She never makes a fool of herself, she’s never organised It’s a Royal Knockout or built a silly town on the outskirts of Dorchester like Charles. Philip is sort of tangentially in the show through his abusive letters and telegrams.

Why did you decide to base the show around The Windsors?

Bert: We thought they would be good to take the piss out of and no one has done it for a while.

Do you ever worry about offending royalists?

George: No we wouldn’t mind that.

The Windsors Season 2 will be out this summer on Channel 4. 


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