Edward the Seventh: Dearest Prince (S1EP7 ITV 13 May 1975, Gareth Thomas)



Dearest Prince: The Queen continues to refuse all attempts at giving her eldest son any responsibility in matters of State. After a very successful visit to Coventry, the new Prime Minister, Mr. Disraeli, looks for something appropriate for the Prince to do. Bertie suggests that he go on an official State visit to India. To Bertie’s surprise and delight, she agrees. It causes major difficulties at home when he informs Alix that she will not be accompanying him.

It had always been her dream to visit India and is heartbroken at being left behind. The trip to India goes well but Bertie must face yet another scandal when Lord Aylesford announces that his wife has been having an affair and he may be divorcing her. Lord Randolph Churchill offers to intervene in the case – the other party in the tryst is his brother – if the Prince would also intervene with Lord Aylesford to stop a divorce. Bertie flatly refuses leading Churchill to try and force the Prince’s hand.

Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Prince of Wales), Helen Ryan (Princess Alexandra), Jane Lapotaire (Princess Dagmar), Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry), John Gielgud (Benjamin Disraeli), Guy Slater, Bruce Purchase, Joyce Carey, Gareth Thomas, Robert Mill, Derek Fowlds, Jeffry Wickham, Teresa White, Peter Howell, Barbara Laurenson, Anthony Dawes, John Normington, William Dysart, William Abney, Trevor Peacock, Jerome Watts, Christopher Watts, Vanessa Vane, Samantha Gates, Dickon Paine, Monique Kaufman, Eric Hillyard, Anthony Woodruff, Mischa de la Motte

Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 13 May 1975 on ITV

Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 7

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.

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