The Years of Waiting: Britain finds itself at war in South Africa when British colonists attack the Transvaal government. But Queen Victoria still refuses to let Bertie have any role in matters of State, so he reluctantly spends his time going to the races and as is so often the case, plays host to visiting relations, this time the Czar and Czarina of Russia at Balmoral. The King of Greece appeals to Alexandra for help against the invading Turks.
The Queen celebrates her Diamond Jubilee; the event is recorded with a new invention which works by displaying a sequence of still photographs through a projector. Victoria is outraged that Gladstone’s funeral is held at Westminster Abbey. The war with the Boers is unpopular on the Continent. Bertie is the object of an assassination attempt by a teenage anarchist in Brussels. Visitors to Victoria’s sickbed include her grandson, the Kaiser. Queen Victoria dies; Bertie becomes King Edward VII.
Annette Crosbie (Queen Victoria), Timothy West (Prince of Wales), Helen Ryan (Princess Alexandra), Felicity Kendal (Princess Vicky), Jane Lapotaire (Dowager Empress Dagmar), Michael Hordern (W. E. Gladstone), Carolyn Seymour (Daisy Lady Warwick), Richard Vernon (Lord Salisbury), Christopher Neame (Kaiser Wilhelm II), Michael Osborne (Prince George), Judy Loe (Queen Mary), Cheryl Campbell (Princess Beatrice), Madeleine Cannon (Princess Victoria), Michael Billington (Tsar Nicholas II), Lyndon Brook, Peter Howell, Barbara Laurenson, Sally Home, Vanessa Miles, Rosalyn Elvin, Meriel Brook, Robert Robinson, Rosamond Burne, Norman Shelley, Dennis Chinnery, Edward Brooks, Martin Skinner, Bobby Monro, Bob Murphy, James Caution, David Milner, Adrienne Posta
Writer: John Gorrie / Director: John Gorrie
Airdate: 3 Jun 1975 on ITV
Series: Edward the Seventh Season 1 Episode 10
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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