Scandal: Bertie faces scandal on two fronts. He agrees to assist Lady Brooke to retrieve a letter she wrote to her one-time lover, Lord Charles Beresford. She is now terrified that Lady Beresford will take some action against her. Bertie somewhat ham-handedly calls on Lady Beresford’s lawyer and orders him to destroy it. The lawyer refuses but does agree to ask his client to. He then calls on Lady Beresford with the same request.
When Charles Beresford hears of the Prince’s action, he hits the roof. Bertie is relieved that Beresford will soon be returning to his posting in the Mediterranean. But after the matter had appeared long settled, Bertie faces demands for an apology with the threat of making the whole thing public. A second scandal erupts when Lt. Col. Sir William Gordon Cumming is found cheating at baccarat, an illegal card game.
The Prince and others try to settle the matter quietly but Cumming sues to regain his good name and reputation and it all becomes public. Alix and Bertie encourage their eldest son, Prince Eddy, to find a suitable young woman and marry. An early choice is unable to convert from Catholicism. Although he does eventually find someone, Princess May, he falls ill and dies.
Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Prince of Wales), Helen Ryan (Princess Alexandra), Richard Vernon (Lord Salisbury), Robert Flemyng (Lord Coventry), Carolyn Seymour (Lady Brooke), Michael Hordern (W. E. Gladstone), Charles Dance (Prince Eddy), Michael Osborne (Prince George), Madeleine Cannon (Princess Victoria), Judy Loe (Queen Mary), Peter Howell, John Normington, Edward Hardwicke, Clive Morton, Donald Douglas, Gareth Thomas, Nancie Jackson, John Carlin, Frederick Treves, John Harding, Terence Wilton, John Byron, Graham Seed, Margot van der Burgh, Geoffrey Palmer, Vanessa Miles, Rosalyn Elvin, Mel Churcher, Ronald Mayer
Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie
Airdate: 27 May 1975 on ITV
Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 9
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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