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Fall Of Eagles: Requiem for a Crown Prince (S1EP4 BBC 19 Apr 1974, Vernon Dobtcheff)



Requiem for a Crown Prince: On 30 January 1889, tragedy strikes the House of Habsburg when liberal Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria-Hungary and his young mistress Baroness Mary Vetsera are found dead at the hunting lodge at Mayerling in the Vienna Woods, 24 km southwest of the capital, in an apparent murder-suicide by Rudolf.

In Vienna, and at Mayerling, imperial officials contrive to hide the events of the Mayerling incident to prevent a massive public scandal, misleading the emperor and the empress about the true nature of the deaths. Rudolph’s letters and the report by Professor Widerhoffer finally reveal the truth to the royal couple. The episode, narrated in hindsight, ends with news of the assassination of the Empress in 1898 in Geneva.

guest cast
Vernon Dobtcheff as Count Stookau
Emrys James as Count Taaffe
James Cossins as Count Josi Hoyos
Laurence Naismith as Emperor Franz Josef I of Austria-Hungary
Rachel Gurney as ‘Sisi’, Empress Elizabeth of Austria
Olaf Pooley as Police President Baron Krauss
Michael Sheard as Losehek
David Neal as Baltazzi

Director: James Ferman
Producer: Stuart Burge
Writer: John Elliot
Writer: David Turner

Original Airdate: 19 Apr 1974 on BBC
Series: Fall Of Eagles Season 1 Episode 4