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Royal family drama planned for TV
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The ITV drama will be set in Buckingham Palace
A new TV drama set in Buckingham Palace and based on a fictional royal family is to be made by UK broadcaster ITV.

The Palace, which has been compared to US drama The West Wing, will be shown in eight hour-long episodes next year.

It will be made by Company Pictures, the production team behind the award-winning royal drama Elizabeth I, starring Dame Helen Mirren.

A spokeswoman for ITV said: "It is still early days but it should be fantastic. We are very excited."

The series will be written and produced by Tom Grieves, who helped make Channel 4 police drama Ghost Squad.

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