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Edward the Seventh: A Hundred Thousand Welcomes (S1EP5 ITV 29 Apr 1975, André Morrell)

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A Hundred Thousand Welcomes: With Queen Victoria in mourning, the Cabinet is concerned that her withdrawal from public duties will have a negative impact on her people. As a result, Bertie assumes many of the public duties of the monarch. He proves to be quite popular and works hard at maintaining the positive face of the monarchy. It is not quite was Bertie has in mind but the Queen refuses any role for him in matters of State. She sees him as an utter failure and refuses to let him participate in any decision-making.

The Queen also decides that there is no need to wait the full year of mourning before he can marry and she pushes him to decide on Alix. He and Princess Alix are married and she soon after announces that she is expecting. Victoria has strong opinions about the Greek succession. The long-simmering problems between Denmark and Prussia lead to conflict within the family and finally an outbreak of war.

Cast:
Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Bertie), Felicity Kendal (Vicky), André Morrell (Lord Palmerston), Deborah Grant (Alix), Michael Hordern (W. B. Gladstone), Deborah Makepeace (Helena), Gwyneth Strong (Minnie), Michael Byrne (Fritz), Anthony Douse, Kathleen Byron, Shirley Steedman, Ian Gelder, Philippa Robinson, Susan Macready, John Boswall, Peter Collingwood, Edward Jewesbury, Rhoda Lewis, Paul Greenhalgh, Emma Neal, Donald Bisset, Reginald Barratt, Max Hartnell, Alison Crook, Anthony Hambleton, Peter Richards, Christine Blair

Writer: David Butler / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 29 Apr 1975 on ITV

Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 5

Show Info: Period drama serial. The life of the heir to Queen Victoria, especially his dalliances with Lillie Langtry and other women. Made by the ATV network for ITV.