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The Lost Prince (BBC Drama, Miranda Richardson, Gina McKee)

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The Lost Prince, written and directed by Stephen Poliakoff, told the true story of Prince John (Matthew Thomas), history’s forgotten prince – the brother of the Queen’s (Miranda Richardson) father. In the early part of the 20th Century against a backdrop of significant world events the story is told of young Johnnie who suffered from epilepsy and was kept away from the world at large lest he fit in public and show signs of madness in the Royal family.

He was effectively exiled to live at Sandringham with his devoted nanny, Lalla (Gina McKee) and died in his teenage years.

Cast: MIRANDA RICHARDSON as Queen Mary; GINA MCKEE as Lalla; DANIEL WILLIAMS as Younger Johnnie; MATTHEW THOMAS as Older Johnnie; BROCK EVERITT-ELWICK as Younger Georgie; ROLLO WEEKS as Older Georgie; MICHAEL GAMBON as Edward VII; BILL NIGHY as Stamforham; TOM HOLLANDER as George V; BIBI ANDERSSON as Queen Alexandra; FRANK FINLAY as Asquith

Writer and Director: Stephen Poliakoff / Producer: John Champman

UK / BBC One / 2×90 minute episodes / Broadcast 19-26 January 2003