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Fox Searchlight Pictures original film The Favourite won Olivia Colman her first Oscar.

#TheFavourite is based on real events.

rottentomatoes: 93%

metacritic: 90

imdb: 7.7

golden globes: 1 win

SAG awards: 3 nominations

oscars: 1 win

Queen Anne, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Olivia ColmanAnne Stuart, Queen of Great Britain

Queen Anne juggles health complications and several romantic relationships alongside her regal responsibilities outside of 1708 Kensington Palace, central London, England.

Queen Anne, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Olivia ColmanACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

1 win: 2019

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy

1 win: 2019

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Lead Role

1 nomination: 2019

“How was my speech?  Did I lisp?  I know.  That was what was so troubling about it.  The thought that I suddenly did.  Sarah, you must say hello to the little ones.  Please.  If you love me… it should not.  I’ve been wanting to give you something for quite some time now.  Seemed like the perfect opportunity with Marlborough winning.  We won.  Oh.  Oh, I did not know that.” — Queen Anne

“I’m ready for the Russian ambassador.  We went for something dramatic.  Do you like it?  Oh.  A badger.  No.  Thank you.  Did you just look at me.  Did you?  Look at me!  Look at me!  How dare you?  Close your eyes!” — Queen Anne

“Sarah!  It hurts.  I can’t.  Ow!  I can’t.  The wretched Cheever boy had me on the ground and he was holding me and dropping spittle in my face.  And then I heard footsteps.  Fast footsteps.  Ow, ow!  And I saw these pink shoes running towards me.  And then they disappeared.  And then I heard a crack.  And then he fell off me.  And you held my hand and said, ‘hello.  I’m Sarah.  You’re covered in spittle.  Let’s wash you off.’  I do.  Don’t leave me!  Are you still there?  Are you still there?” — Queen Anne

“Which country is that again?  The people expect it to be over.  It does help.  There’s something soothing on my legs, it takes the burn out.  What is it?” — Queen Anne

“He’s a great soldier.  We will prevail.  That was you?” — Queen Anne

“Oh, uh, yes.  We will win.  Sarah’s sure we will win.  Really?  Are they angry?  Do you like my stockings?  I’d like to enjoy the music now.  Stop it!  Stop it!  Stop!  I would like to go back to my room now.  Stop.  Mr. Harley.  I agree I went too far with the tax for the war.  It will stay as it was.” — Queen Anne

“Fuck me.” — Queen Anne

“Are the people really angry about the land tax?” — Queen Anne

“The Tories must not be rode roughshod over, though.  And more dead if we do it.  What?  Abigail, hand me that cup.  Take me back.” — Queen Anne

“You do not care.  No!  Stay a while.  No!  Take the day off.  I command it.  Yet you are tasty and salty.  If I grilled you, you’d make a delightful meal.” — Queen Anne

“About time, Mrs. Freeman.  This fucking leg.  It’s like a monster attacking me.  Cut it off for me, will you?  Why are you here?  It’s my state.  I am the business of state.  Did she actually send me her maid?  It’s all very fascinating.  You shall leave, regardless, and tell her to come.  They’re my babies.  Let them out, please.  Seventeen.  It’s Hildebrand’s day today.  That one there.  Shy, but stubborn.  He likes you.  I lost some 17 children.  Some were born as blood, some without breath… and some were with me for a very brief time.  Oh, my dear.  Yes.  Each one that dies, a little bit of you goes with them.  Would you like to join me?  Oh.  Lovely cake.  Yum.  Delish.  Hello, Sussy.  Happy birthday.  Come on.  There’s some for you, too.  Don’t eat mummy’s foot.” — Queen Anne

“She was perfectly darling.  Hildebrand really took to her.  And you are to mean and uncaring, some days.” — Queen Anne

“You are not nothing.  You’re a dear person.  Stop it.  You mock me.  Enough.  Make them stop.  Stop!  Enough!  Stop!  Be gone!  I command it!  Leave!  I don’t want to hear it!  Now I must rest.  Leave me be!  Give me that.  Give me that.  Where am I?  Where am I?  Don’t speak to me like that!  Stupid girl!  Where have you been?  Take me back.” — Queen Anne

“You mock me.  Back.  And click.  Back, front, back.  Off with her head and off with her head.” — Queen Anne

“I have sent for some lobsters.  I thought we could race them and then eat them.  Oh, hello.  Perhaps.  They’ll be in with the lobsters.  Uh… here.” — Queen Anne

“She’s been a dear.  Yes.  I heard you.  She’s my servant.  She’s not dismissed.  I’ve made her my maid of the bedchamber.  Yes, you regard her as a liar and a thief.  I do not, obviously.  I don’t want to.  I like it when she puts her tongue inside me.” — Queen Anne

“To be beloved?  Of course.  To see you trying to win me.  Why, what is not to love, my dear?  Perhaps I was not making a point.” — Queen Anne

“No, I do not, but we must fight for what we fight for.  I am briefed appropriately.  I am often ill.” — Queen Anne

“Abigail.  I worry something has befallen her.  It’s night.  Out there alone.  Yes.  She saved me my whole life.  Without her, I’m nothing.  I’m tired.  It hurts.  Everything hurts.  Everyone leaves me.  Dies.  Finally her.  If she’s not dead.  I’ll cut her throat.  She may be doing this to hurt me, make me dissolve and dissemble.  I will not.  I don’t care.  You are a beautiful person.  You glow with loveliness.  We will marry you.  Colonel Masham wishes to marry you.  Yes, you’ve quite captured him.  Your first thought is for him?  Oh, you are a darling.  Yes, yes, this is right.  While she is gone.  If we wait, she’ll return and yell and stomp about it.  But you must have this.  This is my gift to you, and I demand you take it.  Let’s– now.” — Queen Anne

“Because how could anyone?  She wants nothing from me, unlike you.  I wish you could love me as she does.  Why?  I have my duties to attend to.” — Queen Anne

Lady Sarah Marlborough, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Rachel WeiszLady Sarah Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough


1 nomination: 2019

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

1 nomination: 2019

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

1 nomination: 2019

“You were brilliant.  You don’t lisp.  No.  No.  It is macabre.  No.  I love you, but that I will not do.  Love has limits.  You do not lips, but you are mad.  Giving me a palace?  It is a monstrous extravagance, Mrs. Morley.  We are at war.  It is not over.  We must continue.” — Lady Marlborough

“I didn’t know the new sewer ended in here.  Dear cousin.  Friends of yours?  Your name, girl.  If we are blood, name it.  The Somerset Hills?  My uncle was one of a kind.  And you want… a monster for the children to play with, perhaps?” — Lady Marlborough

“You seem angry at my good fortune and I thought we were friends.  I was actually just teasing.  I thought you’d see that.  Well, if it will build it using the finest craftsmen in the land.  I hope it will stand for 100 years as a symbol of my husband’s gallant victory.  Oh, but then it would’ve lost it’s delightful surprise element.  We do not need a peace treaty proposal.  We have them on the run.  The French are chastened, but not defeated, Harley.  We must destroy them.  Make them sue for peace with broken hearts and begging backs.  Of course.” — Lady Marlborough

“Who did your makeup?  You look like a badger.  Are you going to cry?  Really?  Well, what do you think you look like?  Do you really think you can meet the Russian delegation looking like that?  I will manage it.  Get back to your rooms.” — Lady Marlborough

“I’m here.  I’m here.  Mr. Meg, brandy.  My dearest, I know.  Cousin, the beef.  Tell me a story.  Gently.  Yes, you can.  Cousin, start wrapping.  Everyone else, leave please.  How we first met.  Tell me that.  He is still a pig.  Then what?  Do you remember how his jaw just hung there?  You must try to sleep.  You may go.  I won’t.  Yes.  Yes.” — Lady Marlborough

“What are you doing?  You cannot just walk in here.  Why did the footman let your through?  Footman.  Take her downstairs.  Tell Mrs. Meg she is to receive six of the birch.  Go.  Anne, you must focus.  Listen.  Marlborough.  Hear, hear!  It is an excellent plan.  Queen Anne, do you agree?  Well, we all want it to be over, but wishing does not make it so.  We could sue for peace, but we will not get it.  What?  Oh, herbs, of some sort.  Stop.  Let her go.  Come with me.  So, you are perhaps too kind for your own good.  Which leads to stupidity.  The queen is soothed somewhat, so I thank you.  You will get me some more of those herbs and not overstep again.  I liked your father.  He had charm to burn.  Then I guess he did.  You have fallen far.  You are not serious.  And you went?  And what happened to your hand?” — Lady Marlborough

“Earl Stratford, do not come near me whining today or I will crush your tiny heart to liver.  Madame Tournee.  You may have the tapestry budget you asked for.  Spend one penny more and I will take your fingernails in lieu.  Abigail, get a platter of oysters sent to the Dutch ambassador.  Colonel Masham.  The queen will ride on Wednesday.  Would you like a bite of my new maid before you leave?” — Lady Marlborough

“I’m here.  No, she has sent me to speak for her.  She is unwell.  That Harley is a fop and a prat and smells like a 96-year-old French whore’s vajuju.  She has decided to continue with the war.  She feels another victory in will put us in a stronger position for a treaty.  Her letters.  The land tax is to be doubled.  She relies on you and your love of England to hold the Tories together.  The love of your country?  To me, there is no limit on that.  Our last farthing to protect England if we must.  I grieve them all.  In my heart, a scar for each, and I send my own beloved with them, chest bared.  So do not lecture me on the cost.  State it to me.  I love a comedy.  Is there cake?  Your mascara is running. If you’d like to go fix yourself, we can continue this later.  You will need to pay for the repair of that.  We have a war to finance.  Every penny counts.  Sometimes a lady likes to have some fun.” — Lady Marlborough

“Borrow anything you want.  I have a thing for the weak.  You must be safe.  You must not be foolish and brave.  Be smart and safe, I beg you.  Stay with me tonight.  I had a dream that this very small Frenchman covered in blood… was carrying Marlborough’s head around, feeding it Brie.  He will be fine.  Of course we will, Mrs. Freeman.  Let’s shoot something.  You’re really doing damage to the sky.  As long as you are aware that I have a gun.  It is right.  If we don’t do it, they will gather force and be over here cutting us all into chops within the year.  You are of a sweet disposition and have suffered blows, so desire safety and favor above all else.  Did you not sacrifice your cunt to fatty German to save your father.  There’s always a price to pay.  I am prepared to pay it.  Throw.  Just relax and aim.  When it crosses your eye, pull the trigger.  Perfect.  I will make a killer of you yet.” — Lady Marlborough

“Dearest queen.  Festive.  Oh, Harley, you are such a bore.  That is for parliament.  A ball is for dancing and eating those horseradish and venison puffs.  Have you tried them?  Oh, yes.  I love this music.  I must dance.  What has happened?  What?  Anne.  I’m sorry.  It’s okay.  Shall we go fast?” — Lady Marlborough

“You will have to tell Harley you’ve changed your mind about the tax.  They’ll be angrier when the French are sodomizing their wives and planting their fields with garlic.  It is so painful to lose men, but we cannot be halfhearted in this or they will see our weakness and take us and we will lose thousands more.  None for the queen.  You cannot have hot chocolate.  Your stomach, the sugar inflames it.  Do not.  Fine, give it to her.  Then you can get a bucket and a mop for the aftermath.  You will pronounce the tax in parliament I will set the date.” — Lady Marlborough

“Go on.  I see.  And what will you do?  Not obviously.  You may tell me of his approach to encourage my trust and still work both side of the street.  You’re pretty when outraged.  So my secrets are safe with you?  Good.  Abigail.  If you forget to load the pellet, the gun fires, makes the sound, but releases no shot.  It is a great jape.  Do you agree?  Maybe we will think of a use for it one day.  Sometimes, it is hard to remember whether you have loaded the pellet or not.  I do fear confusion and accidents.” — Lady Marlborough

“Beef, 12 guineas.  Cream.  Mrs. Meg your cream bill is outrageous.  Are you bathing in it to help your hemorrhoids?  Shall we sign off?” — Lady Marlborough

“Aim for the flagstones.  The lawn might break your fall.  Mrs. Morley.  Please!  Someone must run things.  I am not food.  You cannot just eat and eat.  Very well.  I will come and see you this afternoon, and we can play whist.” — Lady Marlborough

“Apologies regarding sending Abigail in my stead.  Is that a rabbit?  Anne, you are too sensitive.  Some days, I’m quite lovely, though.  Let’s think on them.  Anne.  You’re such a child.” — Lady Marlborough

“Throw.  Throw.  Throw.  It’s 12-11.  You’re shooting exceptionally well, Abigail.  I hope you haven’t found your time with the queen too tedious.  Like a shot badger.  The queen is… an extraordinary person… even if it’s not readily apparent.  She’s been stalked by tragedy.  I will not burden you again.  I know you are.  She will be angry if I do not appear soon.  Take your shot.  The queen?  I will be there directly.” — Lady Marlborough

“Oh, hello.  I hope you have three.  You sent for Abigail to try and make me jealous, I think.  You scared.  Oh, I think a moat is a bad idea.  It’s just– it’s too old-fashioned.” — Lady Marlborough

“Did you take it?  My book.  I think you are a pretty little liar that I have misjudged.  You are dismissed from my service.  Go back to Mrs. Meg and tell her to find you a position in the scullery.  And if she asks why, tell her ‘because I am a disloyal little bitch.’  If you do not go, I will start kicking you and I will not stop.” — Lady Marlborough

“You have become close to Abigail.  It is such a shame, but I’ve had to dismiss her for theft.  She’s a liar and a thief.  Your tongue seems uncharacteristically still.  Did you not hear what I said?  Yes.  You will dismiss her.” — Lady Marlborough

“You are enjoying all of this, aren’t you?  You will stop this ridiculous infatuation.  You have made your point.” — Lady Marlborough

“I do not play games with you.  Look at me.  I will say this once and plainly, my dearest one.  You must send Abigail away.  From my hear, Mrs. Morley, do it.  She is a viper.  You will do as I say.” — Lady Marlborough

“I think I’m getting quite sentimental as I get older.  I didn’t think so either… but so much is surprising me lately.  I started looking over some of the many, many, many letters you’ve written me.  ‘I long for your embrace.  I long for the heat from your naked body on mine.’  It’s very intense, very explicit.  I thought I’d misplaced some of them the other day.  It was quite a fright.  What if, say, that son of a bitch, Jonathan Swift, got his hands on them?  In his newspaper the next day.  You would be ruined.  You have no idea what I would do for my country… and for you.  I will use these letters, unless you announce the tax rise, change the cabinet as I wish, and get rid of Abigail.” — Lady Marlborough

“Anne?  I handed over my key.  Mrs. Morley, you are angry, I know.  I am sorry.  I went quite mad for a moment.  Just open the door.  Please, just… could you just… Mrs. Morley, open the door.  I burned the letters.  I burned them.  Oh, do what you will.  But I will not come back.  Do you understand?  I will go and be gone.  Abigail has done this.  She does not love you.  She wants nothing from you, and yet somehow she is a lady, with 2,000 a year, and Harley sits on your knee most nights.  You wish me to lie to you?  Oh.  ‘You look like a– a– an angel fell from heaven, Your Majesty.’  No.  Sometimes, you look like a badger.  And you can rely on me to tell you.  Because I will not lie!  That is love!” — Lady Marlborough

“Oh, my God.  You actually think you have won.  We were playing very different games.” — Lady Marlborough

Abigail Masham, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Emma StoneAbigail Masham


1 nomination: 2019

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture

1 nomination: 2019

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role

1 nomination: 2019

“This mud stinks.  Thank you so much.  Lady Marlborough.  It is I, Abigail.  I have a letter from our aunt… and… I’m sorry, I did not mean to present as a… I fell out of a carriage.  And a man was pulling his… never mind the man.  The letter from our aunt.  I’m sorry.  I did not?  Abigail Hill.  I apologize for my appearance.  The staff led me here.  A harmless prank of some sort, I suspect.  I hoped I might be employed here by you… as something.  Yes, if you like.” — Abigail Masham

“Hello.  For the queen.  The doctor’s ordered it immediately.  It’s a matter of extreme urgency.  Shall I tell the doctor you imperiled the queen’s health and let you rue the ramifications?  It means he will have you whipped.  This is peleatis, the herb.  I cut some this morning.  It reduces swelling and inflammation.  I thought it may help the queen.  It’s not his fault.  I lied to him.  I just wanted to help her.  She seemed to suffer so much.  It’s peleatis, the herb.” — Abigail Masham

“Please, please.  It has been said.  My father always spoke highly of you.  When I was 15, my father lost me in a card game.  He was very upset about it.  Took off into the forest with nothing but scullery maid and a dozen bottles for solace.  I wanted to do right by my father.  The debt was to a balloon-shaped German man with a thin cock.  Thankfully, I managed to convince him a woman has her blood in 28 days a month.  Some of my… colleagues are immune to my charms.” — Abigail Masham

“Yes, Your Ladyship.  Thank you.  And thank you for the job.  I’m sorry, your majesty.  I think I caught a chill picking the herbs for your leg.  Abigail.  It’s sad really.  They’re so pretty.  Throw.  Can I ask you something?  You fought hard for this war and your husband is at the front of it.  His life is at risk.  How can you do that?  If he dies?  Yes.  Throw.” — Abigail Masham

“You seem to be following me, sir, as I am in front of you.  I am a servant.  Where would I get a horse?  Perhaps you dreamt of me?  I’m waiting.” — Abigail Masham

“Yes, sir.  My mistress lent it to me.  No.  No.  Well, I’m still the lady I was, in my heart.  Yes. If that’s what’s actually happening here, and not veiled threats under the guise of civility.  You want something.  To fuck me?  Lady Marlborough has been good to me.  She saved me.  I will not breach her confidence.  You cannot have too many friends in court.  I will not betray my mistress’s trust.  I’m sorry, I do not know what to do.” — Abigail Masham

“I must tell you something.  Mr. Harley came to me about what goes on between you and the queen Godolphin.  I’m not going to, obviously.  I am a person of honor, even if my station is not.  Even if I were the last one left in this wretched place, I would remain a lady.  All of them.  Even your biggest secret.  Yes.  I’m sure people will be careful.” — Abigail Masham

“I don’t think so, Your Majesty.  Lady Marlborough sent me, as I am an excellent whist player and she has been unavoidably detained with business of state, but will be here posthaste.  Your Majesty, I wasn’t always a maid.  I’m educated, I speak Latin, French.  My family fell on hard times.  I’m also her cousin.  They’re gorgeous.  How many are there?  Which one is he?  May I?  Today is Hildebrand’s day.  The day you lost him.  You like it?  You do like it.” — Abigail Masham

“What an outfit.  Have you come to seduce me or rape me?  So rape, then.  And you, me.  I’m intrigued by what you look like under all this.  You’re handsome.  No wonder you cover it up.  It could be said I have fallen far.  I might allow it.  Now good night, sir.” — Abigail Masham

“I guess all the rapes were the hardest.  Made me feel at their mercy.    That I was nothing.  Thank you.  You’re so beautiful.  I do not.  If I were a man, I would ravish you.  Ravish.  I’m sorry.  I’m sorry.  Oh, look.  What?  Your Majesty?  Shall I… your Majesty!  I’m sorry.” — Abigail Masham

“Perhaps we should dance.  No.  I just believe you can.  That it would be cheery.  I would dearly like to dance with you.  Back.  And click.  Back, front, back.  Spin, spin, spin, spin.” — Abigail Masham

“You’ve taught me well.  Oh, not at all.  And if it gives you rest, I’m happy.  Did you sleep well?  Excellent.  She seems quite lovely.  I’m quite happy to… throw.  Thirteen.” — Abigail Masham

“Mr. Harley.  You always unbalance me.  The queen and Lady Marlborough are to race lobsters and then eat them.  The queen’s going to announce the doubling of the landholder’s tax to parliament.  I don’t think she’s certain of it, though.  Yes.  That is all.  I’m trying my best.  I am.” — Abigail Masham

“I don’t understand.  No.  I did not mean for this to happen.  The queen, she’s forceful.  Yes, your Ladyship.  It had been an honor and privilege–” — Abigail Masham

“Perhaps because of my past, perhaps a malformation of my heart.  I blame my father, of course.  Cunt.  I must take control of my circumstance.  I will need to act in a way that meets with the edges of my morality.  And when I end up on the street selling my asshole to syphilitic soldiers, steadfast morality will be a fucking nonsense that will mock me daily.  Shh.  I apologize.  But do ‘shh’ when I’m thinking.” — Abigail Masham

“Now that she is gone, I find myself more concerned than when she was here.  For it is like she could strike from anywhere at any time, and I will not see it coming.  I must be calm.  She’s gone.  I’m married.  But I must be ready.  And yet, how to be ready when I do not know where my enemy is?  My life is like a maze I continually think I have gotten out of, only to find another corner right in front of me.” — Abigail Masham

“I have searched my heart, and I did not have trust in it, and that is my shame.  I could not just stand by and let you destroy me.  You have perhaps taught me that.  But it’s over now.  I have won.  I am safe.  We do not have to fight anymore.  Is that not grand?  If you just forgive me, we can be happy together.  Obviously, you still have some anger to expiate.  I’ll allow it this once.” — Abigail Masham

“Leave that.  I like it.  The mirrors stay, too.  Haven’t I?  All I know is, your carriage awaits, and my maid is on her way up with something called a pineapple.” — Abigail Masham

Robert Harley, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Nicholas HoultRobert Harley, 1st Earl of Oxford and Earl Mortimer

“A palace.  I really doubt you’ve made that mistake.  It will not stand.  Listen, I applaud your husband’s gallant victory, but considering the parlous state of the treasury, it seems something the queen should’ve taken advice from her loyal opposition on.  Cunt!  Prime Minister, we need to discuss who will go to the French with the peace treaty proposal.  So they will give in to us.  I have held my party together, as we the country landowners have essentially paid for this entire war– … while city merchants enrich themselves from it.  We’re out of money.  My point.  How sweet your wife is, Marlborough.  I cannot agree.  We must take it to the queen.  If you’d be king enough to arrange a time, Lady Marlborough.” — Robert Harley

“Must the duck be here?  Keep him away fro me, or I will pull his liver out and eat it with a cornichon.  You should know I’ve canvassed my party.  They’re waiting for us to announce an attempt at peace.  Yes, but where is the queen?  We’ve been waiting an hour.  Might I remind you you’re not the queen.  Oh?  Well, I really doubt you’re quoting.  And how are we going to pay for this?  This is madness.  The war you will be fighting will be in our own countryside.  There are limits.  And our last man, too?  Look, the dead pile up, as do the resentments.  Or does that not concern you?  A treaty would save money and lives.  A win for all Englishmen.  I disagree.  A lot.  I’d like an audience with the queen where I may state my case.  This is a disgusting distortion of the system.  You have no place in this.” — Robert Harley

“Going to ride that one, are we?  Indeed.  Interesting.” — Robert Harley

“Excuse me.  Move.  Excuse me.  Your Majesty.  How lovely to see you.  It seems you have allocated even more money into the abyss that is this fool’s errand.  It’s the landholder’s tax.  You have no idea the firestorm of rage you have set loose in the countryside.  Very.  I was just explaining to the queen the mistake this tax is.  The war as well.  We should sue for peace.  I’m having trouble swallowing at the moment.  Your majesty… we are your servants, my queen.” — Robert Harley

“Abigail, isn’t it?  Stolen a book, I see.  Why, one could be stripped and whipped for that.  Shall we go ask her?  Come and take the night air with me.  So, you once were a lady, and now you are nothing.  A bit of scullery scraps.  How very sad.  No doubt.  It is important to make new friends, is it not?  Am I to understand you are smart?  I will leave that to my friend Masham, who is completely struck with you.  So, tell me about Lady Marlborough, Godolphin, the queen.  Anything going on?  I love gossip.  It’s a failing, I know.  Of course.  You are in favor.  But favor is a breeze that shifts direction all the time.  Then in an instant, you’re back sleeping with a bunch of scabrous whores wondering whose finger’s in your ass.  I need a friend, Abigail.  One with cute ears and wide eyes.  I’m often blindsided by the distorted situation at court.  As leader of the opposition, I should not be.  I would merely like to know of any plans Her Ladyship, Godolphin, or the queen may have.  Oh, look.  A wren.  How cute.  You all right?  Anyway, think on it.  There’s no pressure.” — Robert Harley

“May I examine?  It’s perfect, Lady Marlborough, as always.  Of course.” — Robert Harley

“Progress?  Oh.  A man must look pretty.  Try again in your own way, old boy.” — Robert Harley

“Hello.  Remember me?  So what’s been happening.  Do you want to get punched?  Do you jest?  But Lady Marlborough is providing that certainty.  And?  Why do I feel that is not all?  All right, turn off the tears.  Thank you.  Have a pleasant evening.” — Robert Harley

“May I speak a moment, with Her Majesty’s pleasure?  May I exhort the chamber to roar a mighty hurrah for Her Majesty in her brilliant decision to not raise the land tax.  For the doubling of the tax would have been a disaster, and the fields would have run with blood as the countryside rose up against our city friends, to add to the piling dead of our sons already on the field of this war.  Again, to our queen, for her deep wisdom in knowing where to draw the line in holding our country together.  For there is not point winning a war abroad if we are to start one at home.  I apologize for the interruption, Your Majesty.  The floor is yours, of course.  We look forward to hearing what you have to say.” — Robert Harley

Lord Marlborough, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Mark GatissLord Marlborough

“Lost all his money at whist.” — Lord Marlborough

“And yet I do not see your fat tweedy dead when I look out upon the battlefield.  Sweet and right.”– Lord Marlborough

“We gather our forces here.  The Austrians mass here.  This is the town of Lille, in a valley of France.  We lure them in by sending a small force to engage them.  They give chase.  We descend in numbers from above.”– Lord Marlborough

“It is time.  I will.  I must sleep with my men.  It is only right.”– Lord Marlborough

Lord Golodphin, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, James SmithPrime Minister Godolphin

“The one who went mad and burnt his own house down, himself in it?  No one bets on whist.” — Lord Godolphin

“Horatio has done it again!  One battle will not win the war.  And grateful we are, too.” — Lord Godolphin

“Fastest duck in the city.  Horatio is a prize worth stealing.  He does not leave my side.  Charming.  We shall make both make our case to the queen.  What says she?  We go to them after one victory, they know we are scared.  We bury more of them, they know we have them.  Come on, old bean.  One more victory.  Must you rub it in?  A man’s dignity is the one thing that holds him back from running amok.  We need to be careful, Sarah.  He’s a useful ally, but a dangerous enemy.” — Lord Godolphin

“The opposition asks us to be halfhearted in this war!  We will not!  We must wear our griefs, for England is worth our all, and suffer we must for her!  Mr. Harley, control your rabble!  I am, therefore, announcing today that, at Her Majesty’s…” — Lord Godolphin

Colonel Masham, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Joe AlwynColonel Masham

“Lady Marlborough.  Yes, Lady Marlborough.” — Colonel Masham

“Are you following me?  I said, are you following me?  That was you I saw on the horse that morning.  Perhaps it was you, and I should have you stripped and whipped.  She does make my blood hot.  She’s Lady Marlborough’s new one.” — Colonel Masham

“Thank you.  I thought it might be too much.  I am a gentleman.  No.  No, you are… you have intrigued me.  Who are you?  No ordinary maid.  It could be said I aim to catch you.  Ow!” — Colonel Masham

“Uh… she, uh… she bit me.  This wig’s ridiculous.  I’m not entirely sure she approves.” — Colonel Masham

Mrs. Meg

“Take a hunk of bread.  And then Sally will take you to clean up and then to Her Ladyship.” — Mrs. Meg

“You!  Grab the bandage box off the shelf.  The queen’s had an attack of gout.  Hurry!” — Mrs. Meg

“What is going on?  Do her in the barn, if that’s what it is, not in my kitchen.  This one here.” — Mrs. Meg

“No, Your Ladyship.” — Mrs. Meg

Sally, The Favourite, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Scarlet Films, Element Pictures, Arcana, Film4 Productions, Waypoint Entertainment, Amazon Video, Lilly-Rose StevensSally

“They shit in the streets round here.  ‘Political commentary,’ they call it.  Go through here.  Clean yourself up.” — Sally

“Hello.  Mrs. Meg says you are to scrub the floor until she can see her toothless, fat face in it.  Sorry.  You might need gloves.  Lye is dangerous.  It burns bad.” — Sally

“You’re lobsters, ma’am.  Where should I put them?” — Sally

Royal Palace footman

“She’s sleeping.  What does ‘ramific…’ the prime minister and Mr. Marlborough.  Her Ladyship says six of the birch for this one.” — Royal Palace Footman

Madame Tournee

“Merci.” — Madame Tournee

Footman #2

“Lady Sarah Marlborough.” — Footman #2

Footman #3

“Lord Marlborough.” — Footman #3


“The queen.  It is rather urgent.” — Page

Page #2

“Your Majesty, you are in the west hallway.” — Page #2

Page #3

“The queen… asked for her.” — Page #3

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