Edward the Seventh: The Royal Quadrille (S1EP8 ITV 20 May 1975, Francesca Annis)



The Royal Quadrille: Bertie visits Denmark along with the Russian Czar and the King of Greece. He also visits his sister Vicky and her husband Fritz, the Crown Prince of Prussia. Vicky is concerned about her son William who she knows will some day be Emperor and has fallen under the spell of Bismarck, whom they dislike with a passion.

When the British intervene to put down a mutiny in the Egyptian army, Bertie very much wants to join his Regiment but the Queen will not hear of it. Bertie continues his liaison with Lillie Langtry. Prime Minister Gladstone asks the Prince to serve on a Royal Commission on the state of housing for the working classes. Bertie tours some of the poorest districts and is appalled at the conditions he finds there.

Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Prince of Wales), Helen Ryan (Princess Alexandra), Felicity Kendal (Princess Vicky), Jane Lapotaire (Empress Dagmar), Michael Hordern (W. E. Gladstone), Francesca Annis (Lillie Langtry), Christopher Neame (Kaiser Wilhelm II), Michael Byrne (Fritz), Charles Dance (Prince Eddy), Michael Osborne (Prince George), Madeleine Cannon (Princess Victoria), Cheryl Campbell (Princess Beatrice), Brewster Mason, Bruce Purchase, Paul Greenhalgh, John Normington, Richard Leech, Guy Slater, William Dysart, Vanessa Miles, Rosalyn Elvin, Zibba Mays, Barbara Laurenson, Dan Meaden, Basil Clarke, David Purcell

Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie

Airdate: 20 May 1975 on ITV

Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 8

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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