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Monday, 17 July, 2000, 12:42 GMT 13:42 UK
Queen Mother film planned
The Queen Mother
The film is a celebration of the Queen Mother's life
A film based on the life of the Queen Mother is being planned by ITV broadcaster Carlton.

The one-off drama would begin with the abdication of Edward VIII in 1936 and end with the coronation of Elizabeth II 17 years later.

A spokesman for Carlton said the film, which has not yet been scripted or cast, would be a "celebration of the Queen Mother's life".

The Queen Mother with George VI
On honeymoon with her husband George VI

But it will not be seen until at least next year - well after her 100th birthday next month.

"I can confirm that we are in the early stages of developing a film which would be a celebration of the Queen Mother's life," the spokesman said.

"No script has been commissioned yet, and it's obviously not cast yet, but we are hopeful it will go ahead, probably as a two-hour film."

Throne

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother took to the throne with her husband George VI following Edward VIII's abdication.

Upon George's death in 1952, the dowager queen stepped down to be replaced by Elizabeth II, her eldest daughter.

The Queen Mother celebrates her 100th birthday on 4 August, but the celebrations have already begun in earnest.

Last week, four generations of the Royal Family gathered for a service of thanksgiving at St Paul's Cathedral and on Wednesday ITV is to broadcast live coverage of her birthday pageant from London's Horse Guard Parade.

ITV has also unveiled plans to televise an unauthorised documentary portrait of the Queen by controversial biographer Andrew Morton later this year.

Morton, who wrote Diana: Her True Story, has interviewed more than 200 different sources for the one-hour programme.

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