While grieving for her dead husband, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria falls under the healthy influence of John Brown, the unapologetically brash Scottish manservant who oversees the royal retreat at Balmoral. When the two become close friends–and perhaps even physical intimates–the royal family and the nation reel from the scandal.
A dramatized, and most likely, fictionalized look at the grieving Queen Victoria after the death of her husband Prince Albert. Enter the roguish John Brown, hired as a horseman who’s job it is to give the queen some exercise and fresh air. Soon he becomes a confidant, chief aide and, it is suggested, a romantic partner (although that is never confirmed). It tells the story of a developing friendship, set amidst the pomp of Balmoral’s rigid aristocracy. 3-dimensional characters, a trenchant script, and bravura performances.