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Fall Of Eagles: Dearest Nicky (S1EP7 BBC 8 May 1974, Barry Foster)

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Dearest Nicky: Nicholas is preoccupied by strikes and the humiliating war with Japan; the continual unsolicited advice and gifts of his cousin, Wilhelm II; and the health of his only son Alexei, who has hemophilia. A rising tide of discontent among St Petersburg’s working class leads to the assassination of the interior minister Vyacheslav von Plehve.

Police attack a demonstration led by police spy and priest Fr Georgy Gapon, killing many. Nicholas, believes that his people are still loyal and resists change. Wilhelm attempts to forge an alliance with Russia. Nicholas, considering Germany’s assistance, is willing to sign, but his ministers insist that they must first show it to France for consideration.

guest cast
Kenneth Colley as Father Gapon
Peter Dyneley as Von Bulow
John Welsh as Archbishop
John Turner as Prince Mirsky
Robert Brown as Uncle Serge
Alan Hockey as Doctor
John Quarmby as Lamsdorf
Charles Kay as Tsar Nicholas II
Gayle Hunnicutt as Tsarina Alexandra

Director: Bill Hays
Producer: Stuart Burge
Writer: John Elliot
Writer: Jack Pulman

Original Airdate: 8 May 1974 on BBC
Series: Fall Of Eagles Season 1 Episode 7