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The late Tim Pigott-Smith lauded for performance in King Charles III

It was one of his last appearances on screen.

The late Tim Pigott-Smith has been lauded for one of his final appearances on screen in TV drama King Charles III.

The actor, who died suddenly in April aged 70, portrayed a post-accession Prince of Wales in the 90-minute BBC Two adaptation having previously played the role in the theatre production on Broadway and in the West End.

As Charles, now monarch after the Queen’s death, he refuses to sign a controversial bill into law leading to a constitutional crisis, rioting on the streets and a tank in front of Buckingham Palace.

Viewers on social media called for Tim to be awarded a Bafta for the performance while the show creators dedicated the programme to him in the final credits.

Before the show’s broadcast, the decision to include scenes of Diana, Princess of Wales appearing as a ghost caused controversy as several Conservative MPs lambasted the BBC.

And as the show aired, several fans described the scenes as “tasteless”.

The drama ended with the words: “In memory of Tim Pigott-Smith 1946-2017″.

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