The film entitled Mrs. Brown 1997 is a British film centered on the life and experiences of Queen Victoria who was in a relationship with one of her servants John after the death of her son, Prince Albert. This relationship of theirs led to protests from people who were not in support of such. The other servants however, were in support of what John had with the queen and thought it was an opportunity to cheer up the grieving Queen.
During the period when they were together in the relationship, it was realized that John had some power in influencing the Queen. Being in the position in which he was with the Queen, he had some priorities over other servants, he also had so much freedom to do whatever he pleased and could even be heard sometimes addressing the Queen with no respect as "woman" and not "her Majesty" as was appropriate for him to.
All such behaviors and attitudes by John caused problems between him and other members of the royal family as they were not in support of him taking advantage of the situation to be ruthless.
As a result of her scandalous relationship with a servant, the Queen lost her popularity and her political opponents developed and edge over her. The Prime Ministers' authority in the House of Commons was no longer apparent, their reign was losing respect especially as the grieving Queen had not been delivering her public responsibilities for a very long time as expected of her.
The Prime Minister asked John to convince the Queen to take back her responsibilities but he said he could not do it as the Queen would feel betrayed by him. At his first attempt to do so caused a quarrel between him and the Queen she got angry and established limits to John's activities close to and around her.
However, later on she finally decided to live a normal life performing her public responsibilities as expected of her.
John continued working at the palace but died some years later from a serious illness.
The idea behind the film was created by Jeremy Brock and was directed by John Maden. It was produced by The British Broadcasting Corporation and Ecosse films and was broadcast on BBC 1 and WGBH Theatre.
The actors and actresses who starred in the film included Judi Dench, Billy Connolly, Geoffrey Palmer, Antony Sher, Gerard Butler and David Westhead.