Jocelyn Pook won her first BAFTA TV Craft Award for her film score to the Drama Republic/BBC Two movie King Charles III written by Mike Bartlett, directed by Rupert Goold and starring Tim Pigott-Smith.
King Charles III, released in 2017 with a critically acclaimed score by award-winning film composer Jocelyn Pook, was a television film adapted by Mike Bartlett from his play of the same name. It was directed by Rupert Goold, director of the original play, and starred most of the play’s original cast including Tim Pigott-Smith as Charles (filmed before Pigott-Smith’s death on 7 April 2017 and released posthumously). The “provocative and controversial” (Huffington Post) play is based on the premise of Prince Charles ascending to the throne and the ensuing drama of the King’s defence of the British media. The original play premiered at the Almeida Theatre, London in 2014 before transferring to the West End and Broadway. It was named Best New Play at the 2015 Olivier Awards, won the Theatre Award at the Sky Arts Awards and Best New Play at the 2014 Critics’ Circle Awards. The TV film was broadcast on 10 May 2017 on BBC Two in the UK, before being broadcast on 14 May 2017 on PBS Masterpiece in the US.
As explained by Jocelyn Pook,
“King Charles III creates a musical world that was resonant of both the Ancient and Modern; combining the contemporary, urban, and multicultural with the richness and turbulence of English history, monarchy, and ritual.
It has an unusual combination of musical elements; with both choral sections and solo voices (including a high tenor and a basso profundo, mezzo-soprano), at times combining ecclesiastical elements with a more twisted, atonal melody, in some sections there are hints of Eastern/Arabic within the classical setting, and in other scenes the music is unusually in the foreground, allowed to be a strong voice driving the action or emotion.”
“Bold, brilliant and unstoppably entertaining.”
– The Times
“Jocelyn Pook’s musical composition is spine-tingling and gripping from the beginning of the play”
– Broadway World