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While still the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII meets the married American socialite, Wallis Simpson. Their relationship causes furor in the palace and in parliament, especially when King George V dies, Mrs. Simpson gets divorced, and King Edward announces his intentions to marry her.
Edward Fox ... King Edward VIII
Cynthia Harris ... Wallis Warfield Simpson
Peggy Ashcroft ... Queen Mary
Maurice Denham ... Archbishop of Canterbury
Marius Goring ... King George V
Nigel Hawthorne ... Walter Monkton
Cherie Lunghi ... Lady Thelma Furness
Kika Markham ... Freda Dudley Ward
Jessie Matthews ... Aunt Bessie Merryman
Andrew Ray ... Duke of York
John Shrapnel ... Major Alexander Hardinge
David Waller ... Stanley Baldwin
Director: Waris Hussein
Writers: Frances Donaldson (book)
Simon Raven (writer)
Episode 1: The Little Prince
The Prince of Wales spends a private African safari with the Lady Thelma Furness, who comes to serve as his hostess at the Royal folly, Fort Belvedere. She eventually introduces him to the poised and twice-married Mrs. Wallis Simpson, and by 1934 the Prince becomes a regular visitor at the Simpsons' flat.
Episode 2: Venus at the Prow
Seen showering the clever and striking Mrs. Simpson with gifts, the Prince of Wales is soon surrounded by more gossip and scandal than in his previous forty years. But, his behaviour belies his decision to ignore public perception as he becomes totally devoted to Mrs. Simpson. In 1936, King George V dies, and the Prince of Wales ascends the throne.
Episode 3: The New King
King Edward VIII finds his new position and duties at odds with his desire to be with the woman he loves. At a dinner in 1936, Mr. Simpson tells Edward that Wallis will have to choose between them. A divorce soon follows and officials begin to worry about Edward's intentions concerning Mrs. Simpson.
Episode 4: The Divorce
Prime Minister Baldwin returns from vacation to a worldwide scandal surrounding the British crown. Worry mounts that the two lovers intend to marry before the Coronation, though Mrs. Simpson publicly denies this. But American newspapers fan the flames of scandal and the press arrives in full force at Wallis' divorce hearing.
Episode 5: The Decision
While the British press threatens to blow the King's affair with Mrs. Simpson wide open, the King's secretary suggests that Wallis spend some time abroad. Meanwhile, the government, facing a constitutional crisis, is threatening to resign.
Episode 6: Proposals
Wallis goes abroad to Cannes while the monarch recedes to Fort Belvedere. The two lovers speak daily over the 'phone, whilst the Palace, Parliament, and members of the Empire work feverishly to convince the King to act in the Empire's best interest.
Episode 7: The Abdication
The King refuses to speak with anyone other than Winston Churchill and Wallis. On December 11, 1936, he announces his abdication to the world and becomes the exiled Duke of Windsor. The following June finds him marrying Wallis Simpson, now the Duchess of Windsor.
Video standard: NTSC
Video codec MPEG4/XviD
Frame size 720 x 544
Frame rate 29.970 fps
Audio codec MP3 LAME 3.97
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