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Edward VII (ITV 1975, Timothy West, Annette Crosbie)

Edward VII

Period drama serial Edward VII told the life story of the heir to Queen Victoria, especially his dalliances with Lillie Langtry and other women.

Edward VII might have given his name to a colourful era but before he became King he was a frustrated young man having to cope with the demure Victorian era of his mother. Feeling that he was being his proper position The Prince was heir to the throne for 60 years but monarch for only 9.

Whilst Prince he gambled and slept his way through life convinced that pleasure was his only way forward.

The series actually had the Royal seal of approval with filming being allowed to take place at Sandringham and Osborne House as well as other Royal households.

Also known as “EDWARD THE KING” in overseas markets.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 April – 1 July 1975

Writers: David Butler (Eps 1-6 and 11-13), John Gorrie (Eps 7-10) / Book: Philip Magnus / Associate Producer: Cecil Clarke / Director: John Gorrie

cast
ANNETTE CROSBIE as Queen Victoria
ROBERT HARDY as Prince Albert
TIMOTHY WEST as Edward VII
FRANCESCA ANNIS as Lillie Langtry
FELICITY KENDAL as Princess Vicky
MICHAEL HORDERN as Gladstone
JOHN GIELGUD as Disraeli
CAROLYN SEYMOUR as Lady Brooke
CHARLES DANCE as Prince Eddy
CHRISTOPHER NEAME as Kaiser Wilhelm
RICHARD VERNON as Lord Salisbury
MICHAEL HORDERN as W.E. Gladstone
JUDY LOE as Queen Mary
CHERYL CAMPBELL as Princess Beatrice
JANE LAPOTAIRE as Dowager Empress Dagmar
GEOFFREY BAYLDON as Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
RULA LENSKA as Hortense Schneider

THE EPISODES
1. THE BOY
2. AN EXPERIMENT IN EDUCATION
3. THE NEW WORLD
4. ALIX
5. A HUNDRED THOUSAND WELCOMES
6. THE INVISIBLE QUEEN
7. DEAREST PRINCE
8. THE ROYAL QUADRILLE
9. SCANDAL
10. THE YEARS OF WAITING
11. KING AT LAST
12. THE PEACEMAKER
13. GOOD OLD TEDDY