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Edward the Seventh: Good Old Teddy (S1EP13 ITV 1 Jul 1975, Geoffrey Bayldon)

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Good Old Teddy: The King enters his final years in general ill health. He smokes too much and has put on too much weight. Britain concludes the triple alliance, concluding a pact with France and Russia but are aware that the German Kaiser, the King’s nephew, will inevitably see it as an affront to Germany. Willie still visits his uncle and appears sincere in his love of family and of England. His on-going re-armament of the German army and navy is clearly seen as a threat against the United Kingdom. As a counter-balance the King and Queen set off on a trip to Russia to visit his nephew, the Czar. Having to yet again make amends with Willie, the King visits Germany but it takes a serious toll on his health. Domestically, the King is thrust into a constitutional crisis when the House of Lords refuses to pass social reforms approved by the House. The King’s bronchitis worsens and he succumbs on May 6, 1910.

Cast:
Timothy West (King Edward The Seventh), Helen Ryan (Queen Alexandra), Jane Lapotaire (Dowager Empress Dagmar), Moira Redmond (Alice Keppel), Basil Dignam (H. H. Asquith), Geoffrey Bayldon (Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman), Michael Osborne (Prince George), Judy Loe (Queen Mary), Madeleine Cannon (Princess Victoria), Denis Lill (Frederick Ponsonby), Michael Billington (Tsar Nicholas II), Edward De Souza, Peter Howell, James Berwick, Basil Hoskins, Robert Robinson, Barbara Laurenson, Sally Home, Meriel Brook, Helen Dorward, Christopher Strauli, Geoffrey Beevers, Michael Poole, Jan Harvey, George Cooper

Writer: David Butler / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 1 Jul 1975 on ITV

Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 13

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.