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BeatrixFan 06-07-2012 04:00 PM

"Edward the King" [Edward VII] (1975) - ATV docudrama miniseries
 
Having just watched this 1970s BBC series for the 100th time, I wondered what everyone else thought about it and also just to mention it for those who haven't! I think of any royal series I've watched, Edward VII is the most 'spot on' for me. Timothy West is absolutely amazing as Edward and as for Annette Crosbie as Queen Victoria - she plays her exactly as I imagined her to be. It's a real cradle to grave series. The star for me was Helen Ryan as Queen Alexandra. She was just stunning and really brought the lady to life for me. Though in some places the accents leave a little to be desired (not sure Alexandra Feodorovna had a South African accent!), the way they weave the stories together is educational, amusing and very moving in parts. Full marks to the actress playing Toria who got just the right level of exasperation in!

scooter 06-07-2012 11:16 PM

Sam! I've missed you! I too love all the old footage. :-)

Iluvbertie 06-08-2012 01:12 AM

I too have watched it many many many times. I absolutely loved it and agree about the way it was done.

Kataryn 06-08-2012 01:48 AM

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Originally Posted by BeatrixFan (Post 1427501)
Though in some places the accents leave a little to be desired (not sure Alexandra Feodorovna had a South African accent!),

I think the "Feodorovna" lady was Alexandra's sister Dagmar of Denmark? The Empress of Russia?

BeatrixFan 06-08-2012 06:09 AM

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Originally Posted by Kataryn (Post 1427673)
I think the "Feodorovna" lady was Alexandra's sister Dagmar of Denmark? The Empress of Russia?


That was Jane Lapotaire as the Dowager Empress, for me she was fabulous, I meant the actress playing the last Tsarina. She didn't have much to say but when she did she spoke in a very strange accent indeed! What I found amazing is that a series on that large scale got everything so perfect. Felicity Kendal gave something to the character of Empress Frederick to actually make me want to learn more about her. Sterling series.

Warren 06-09-2012 08:41 AM

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"Edward the King"
Also known as "Edward the Seventh"

1975 docudrama of 13 episodes produced by ATV [UK].

references
Wiki: Edward the Seventh - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
IMDb: Edward the King (TV Series 1975) - IMDb
IMDb forum: IMDb :: Boards :: "Edward the King" (1975)
Pirate Bay: Edward the King (John Geilgud) BBC drama of Edward VII (1901-191 (download torrent) - TPB

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Esmerelda 06-09-2012 08:55 AM

Someone's uploaded the series to YouTube. Here's the first part of the first episode.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JVMei...e_gdata_player


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