Interview with Bert Tyler-Moore & George Jeffrie for The Windsors
What is new this series?
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.
Bert: Kate is still our heroine although this series she starts to get a little bit grander, she likes envisaging herself when she is going to be The Queen.
George: We slightly changed Wills because it came out in the news that he wanted to be more of a hands on dad, whereas in the first series and Christmas special he was much more into his helicopter flying.
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.
Bert: She turned out to be so good and Vicki Pepperdine’s performance was so funny. She’s also a good contrast to the other characters as she’s so austere and grim and everyone else is so extravagant and indulgent.
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.
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.
George: We think it’s funny that people are fascinated by them. Kings Charles III and The Crown are fantastic, but we really like trying to do something different.
Bert: We thought they would be good to take the piss out of and no one has done it for a while.
George: Everyone is very deferential about the royal family even now. Some of the BBC’s coverage is like being back in the 1950’s. Nicholas Witchell’s news reports are like Pathé news reels.
Bert: When we were first thinking about it, it wasn’t that long since Kate and Wills’ Royal wedding and that was seen like this wonderful thing and its fine if you think that but there’s quite a few people who wouldn’t mind taking the mickey.
June 20, 2017 5:44am ET by Channel 4