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 King Edward VIII (7 episodes, 1978)
Cynthia Harris ...
 Wallis Warfield Simpson (7 episodes, 1978)
David Waller ...
 Stanley Baldwin (6 episodes, 1978)
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 Queen Mary (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Walter Monkton (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Major Alexander Hardinge (5 episodes, 1978)
Andrew Ray ...
 Duke of York (5 episodes, 1978)
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 Aunt Bessie Merryman (4 episodes, 1978)
Peter Ellis ...
 Osborne (4 episodes, 1978)
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 Ernest Simpson (4 episodes, 1978)
Amanda Reiss ...
 Duchess of York (4 episodes, 1978)
Nuala Barrie ...
 Queen Mary's Lady in Waiting (3 episodes, 1978)
T.R. Bowen ...
 Duff Cooper (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Lady Diana Cooper (3 episodes, 1978)
Wensley Pithey ...
 Winston Churchill (3 episodes, 1978)
Elsie Randolph ...
 Lady Colefax (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Clement Attlee (3 episodes, 1978)
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 Chips Channon (3 episodes, 1978)
Rosanne Wickes ...
 Princess Mary (3 episodes, 1978)
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7x50min episodes. 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. Written by Kathy Li

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He abandoned crown and country for the woman he loved.

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23 January 1980 (USA)  »

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Eduardo y la señora Simpson  »

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Edward Fox's daughter Emilia Fox would later play King Edward VIII's niece Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen (2009). Furthermore, his younger brother James Fox played the former King's father King George V in W.E. (2011) whereas his nephew Laurence Fox played the former King's younger brother and eventual successor King George VI in W.E. (2011) as well as his great-nephew Prince Charles in Whatever Love Means (2005). See more »

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Referenced in The Nearly Complete and Utter History of Everything (1999) See more »

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God Save the King
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This is probably my favorite movie of all time.
13 January 2001 | by (McMinnville, TN) – See all my reviews

I thoroughly enjoy British history. This movie is a fine and accurate adaptation of the life of King Edward VIII who fell helplessly in love with Wallis Warfield Simpson. The actors are top-notch, the location scenes feel authentic, and the music is very enjoyable.

The movie opens with the (then) Prince Edward going on an African Safari, accompanied by one of his (married) lovers. Soon after, he meets up with Wallis and the rest, as they say, truly is history.

This is a rather long movie, but I have enjoyed it many, many times.


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