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Fall Of Eagles: The Last Tsar (S1EP5 BBC 26 Apr 1974, Patrick Stewart)

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The Last Tsar: Tsar Alexander III doubts the ability of his son and heir-apparent, Nicholas, to inherit the Russian throne. The young tsarevich is similarly apprehensive. Despite his longstanding affair with St Petersburg ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska and the disapproval of his mother over his marriage choice, he is resolved to marry Princess Alix of Hesse-Darmstadt, seemingly the suitable match.

Traveling to Germany, Nicholas II is supported in this by his relatives, including his cousin Kaiser Wilhelm and Alix’s grandmother, the ageing Queen Victoria of Great Britain. Meanwhile, the autocratic conservatism of the Imperial Government has resulted in discontent among factory workers, under the ægis of the revolutionary Vladimir Lenin.

guest cast
Jan Francis as Kschessinska
Isla Blair as Grand Duchess Ella
Tony Jay as Tsar Alexander III
Patrick Stewart as Lenin
Kevin Stoney as Father John
Freddie Jones as Witte
Robert Brown as Uncle Serge
Lynn Farleigh as Krupskaya
Ursula Howells as Empress Maria Fyodorovna
John Nightingale as Cousin Serge
Charles Kay as Tsar Nicholas II

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

Original Airdate: 26 Apr 1974 on BBC
Series: Fall Of Eagles Season 1 Episode 5