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The Abdication 

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With all avenues now exhausted, King Edward VIII accepts his situation and proceeds with the abdication. In his broadcast to the nation, he appeals for understanding and tells his people ... See full summary »

Director:

Waris Hussein

Writers:

Andrew Brown (deviser), Frances Donaldson (book) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Edward Fox ... King Edward VIII
Cynthia Harris ... Wallis Warfield Simpson
Peggy Ashcroft ... Queen Mary
Nigel Hawthorne ... Walter Monkton
Jessie Matthews ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... Duke of York
John Shrapnel ... Major Alexander Hardinge
David Waller David Waller ... Stanley Baldwin
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ron Gregory Ron Gregory ... Major Edward Metcalfe
Robert Harris ... Speaker of the House of Commons
John Harvey John Harvey ... Sir John Reith
William Hoyland William Hoyland ... Lord Perry Brownlow
Rodney Lovick Rodney Lovick ... George Lambert
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Winston Churchill
Amanda Reiss Amanda Reiss ... Duchess of York
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Storyline

With all avenues now exhausted, King Edward VIII accepts his situation and proceeds with the abdication. In his broadcast to the nation, he appeals for understanding and tells his people that he cannot continue without the woman he loves. His brother, Prince Albert, feels that he is completely unprepared to take on the duties of the monarch but he accepts his duty and becomes King George VI. The new King decides that his brother, now Prince Edward, will be known as HRH the Duke of Windsor. The Duke however is dismayed when told that his future wife, while becoming a Duchess, will not be allowed to use the HRH designation. The former King goes into exile in France and he and Wallis marry, though with no members of the Royal Family in attendance. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama | History | Romance

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Language:

English

Release Date:

20 December 1978 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Last show of the series. See more »

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Featured in TV Heaven: TV Heaven 1978 (1992) See more »

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