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Edward the King 

Edward the Seventh (original title)
The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the King, he developed a reputation of a playboy, which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist.
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1975  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Annette Crosbie ...  Queen Victoria 10 episodes, 1975
Timothy West ...  Prince of Wales / ... 9 episodes, 1975
Helen Ryan ...  Princess Alexandra / ... 8 episodes, 1975
Felicity Kendal ...  Princess Vicky / ... 7 episodes, 1975
Guy Slater Guy Slater ...  Charles Carrington / ... 7 episodes, 1975
Jane Lapotaire ...  Dowager Empress Dagmar / ... 6 episodes, 1975
Michael Osborne Michael Osborne ...  Prince George 6 episodes, 1975
Michael Hordern ...  W.E. Gladstone / ... 5 episodes, 1975
Christopher Neame ...  Kaiser Wilhelm II / ... 5 episodes, 1975
Peter Howell ...  Francis Knollys 5 episodes, 1975
Michael Byrne ...  Fritz 5 episodes, 1975
Judy Loe ...  Princess May / ... 5 episodes, 1975
Ian Gelder ...  Affie / ... 5 episodes, 1975
Madeleine Cannon Madeleine Cannon ...  Princess Toria 5 episodes, 1975
Barbara Laurenson Barbara Laurenson ...  Charlotte Knollys 5 episodes, 1975
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The life of Edward VII (1841 - 1910), the King of the United Kingdom. Before becoming the King, he developed a reputation of a playboy, which angered his mother, Queen Victoria. He was a reformer and modernizer, but also an elitist.

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UK

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English

Release Date:

1979 (USA) See more »

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ATV See more »
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Runtime:

(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On the DVD commentary, Writer and Director John Gorrie explained how it took a great deal of persuasion to convince Annette Crosbie to accept the role of Queen Victoria. Crosbie was reluctant because she felt she had done quite enough television during that time, and also, she was starring in a play about the Bronte sisters, which was supposedly going to come in to London. That play never did come into London, and Crosbie was glad she had changed her mind and accepted the role, which turned out to be a great success and "such fun to do". See more »

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Referenced in The Elephant Man (1980) See more »

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Victorian-Edwardian Era Monarchy
24 June 2017 | by barryrdSee all my reviews

Timothy West was excellent in the role of a king who had a short but very successful reign. The man was King Edward VII, formerly the playboy Prince of Wales, who became the grandfather of Europe. He was a sophisticated man who enjoyed wine, women and a good cigar. West gives him that gravitas that he must have nurtured offstage until the death of his mother Queen Victoria, when he was 61. Monarchy seemed to fit him like a glove and so it seems with West. Although his domineering mother kept him off centre stage as Prince of Wales, he did blossom as king. Victoria, as a charming monarch with a cold determination, is played superbly by a Annette Crosbie and the Princess of Wales/Queen Alexandra is Helen Ryan, who had a copyright on roles as the elegant consort representing the best of Edwardian England. There are excellent actors appearing in the movie: Michael Hordern (Willam Gladstone), John Gielgud (Benjamin Disraeli), Felicity Kendall (the Princess Royal), Charles Dance (Prince Edward), Francesca Annis (Lilly Langtry), etc. I was greatly impressed with this series. Movies like this fine one are a great way to stimulate interest in history. It is one of many home-grown, British television shows that have done just that for me.


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