The alternative version of the Queen’s message will air on Christmas Day (Picture: John Stillwell – WPA Pool/Getty Images)
There aren’t one, but two messages from the Queen to look out for this year, with Channel 4 creating a new ‘deepfake’ version of the annual address.
It’s a chance for TV fans to see the monarch like never before, with the comedy take on Elizabeth II ‘speaking from the heart’.
The channel’s annual Christmas Day broadcast features the alternative version of Queen played by actress Debra Stephenson, who tells viewers: ‘On the BBC, I haven’t always been able to speak plainly and from the heart.
‘So, I am grateful to Channel 4 for giving me the opportunity to say whatever I like, without anyone putting words in my mouth.’
The artificial version of the Queen, created by visual effects studio Framestore, will share frank opinions on the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s departure from the UK, as well as the scandal surrounding the Duke of York.
The deapfake Queen will also reveal her love of ‘Netflix and Phil’, before surprising viewers by performing a TikTok dance routine.
The special is directed by William Bartlett, and Stephenson reads a script by James Kettle.
Ian Katz, director of programmes at Channel 4, said: ‘Deepfake technology is the frightening new frontier in the battle between misinformation and truth.
‘This year’s Alternative Christmas Address – seemingly delivered by one of the most familiar and trusted figures in the nation – is a powerful reminder that we can no longer trust our own eyes.’
Director Bartlett added: ‘This was a great project to be asked to direct. Deepfake is an interesting spin-off from the recent advances made in machine learning and AI and, while it is a powerful new technique for image-makers everywhere, it is also a tool that can be used to misrepresent and deceive.’
The Alternative Christmas Message will air on Channel 4 at 3.25pm on Christmas Day.
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