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Breffney 01-02-2012 11:38 AM

"King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy" (2012) BBC
A two-part documentary entitled "King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy" will be broadcast on BBC2, 9pm-10pm on January 3rd and January 4th.

An Ard Ri 01-02-2012 03:58 PM

Thanks for reminding me I saw that advertised & I'll be watching it.

Elly C 01-02-2012 06:22 PM

Some details about the programmes


Warren 01-04-2012 11:56 AM

Part 1 can be watched on the BBC website (see link in Elly C's post) but only for a week and only if you are in the UK.

This is the blurb for Part 1

"A two-part portrait of Elizabeth II's grandparents, King George V and Queen Mary, which examines the lasting legacy of the couple who rescued the monarchy from potential disaster, and whose influence persists to this day.

Episode one focuses on King George V. George could not have been a more unlikely moderniser. Born and brought up in the Victorian age he was conservative to his fingertips. Yet in the face of unstoppable social change after the First World War he turned out to be a remarkable innovator, creating the House of Windsor, embracing democratic reform, and reinventing many of the royal traditions that we know today. When he celebrated his silver jubilee in 1935 the monarchy was more popular than ever.

But as a parent King George V was far less successful - he bullied his children and alienated his eldest son and heir, Prince Edward. As one courtier remarked at the time, 'the royal family are like ducks, they sit on their children'. By contrast, King George had a loving relationship with his granddaughter, and much of Queen Elizabeth's style and commitment to duty can be traced back to this early influence."

blurb for Part 2

"Episode two focuses on Queen Mary, who came from a relatively humble royal background, but was picked as a future queen consort by Queen Victoria. At first she was betrothed to Prince Eddy, heir to the throne. But when Eddy died she was unceremoniously passed to his brother George. Despite the arranged marriage, King George and Queen Mary had a loving relationship. Mary revered the monarchy and obeyed her husband in all things - even the length of her dresses. She always put duty and service first. But when King George died in 1935, this once rigidly formal character emerged as a determined if eccentric royal matriarch with a mind of her own.

When the abdication crisis threatened the future of the House of Windsor she was the rock to which the nation turned as a symbol of stability and continuity. Queen Mary died in 1953, having lived to see her granddaughter, Elizabeth, ascend to the throne."

EIIR 01-04-2012 05:27 PM

I have to say, I enjoyed the second part which was centred on Queen Mary a little bit more than last night's. Nothing we didn't know really, but I just love looking at pictures and films of Queen Mary wearing her mounds of jewels. It was nice to hear about her coming into her own a bit more after her husband died.

I was amazed at how successful her charities were during WW1. Over 15 million pieces of clothing donated and distributed, what a logistical nightmare that must have been.

I have to say as someone who probably knows more than the average person about George and Mary, but not as much as others here, it was interesting. I feel oddly proud of them both. I doubt that this country has ever had a more dedicated and sincere King and Queen. They may not have been fashionable or exciting, but they both served their country to the absolute best of their ability.

Breffney 01-05-2012 08:37 AM

I found the documentary very interesting. I was familiar with a lot of the facts but I still gleaned some interesting tidbits. I, too, hadn't realised the extent of May's war work contribution.
For a couple who were real Victorians in mindset they did an amazing job at breaking with traditions when they felt that this was needed if the Monarchy was to survive.

And, did I hear correctly, but did May really give Princess Elizabeth a reading list which consisted of 17 P.G. Wodehouse novels. ?

Warren 01-07-2012 10:20 AM

The videos on YouTube.
These are are the full programs, parts 1 and 2
A search under "King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy" brings up other videos, eg broken up into 4 parts and in better resolution at 720p.

King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy (Part1 BBC) - YouTube

King George and Queen Mary: The Royals Who Rescued the Monarchy (Part2 BBC) - YouTube

James VI 02-22-2012 03:42 PM

Thank you.
Many thanks for posting these video links, Warren. I missed the original broadcast and have only just discovered them here, today. King George V is a particular favourite of mine and i have really enjoyed watching. Bless you.

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