Edward & Mrs. Simpson (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 ... See full summary »

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 King Edward VIII (7 episodes, 1978)
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 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)
Gary Waldhorn ...
 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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David Waller would later reprise his role of Stanley Baldwin (1867-1947) in The Woman He Loved (1988), which also dealt with the Edward VIII abdication crisis. See more »

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

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I've danced with a man, who's danced with a girl, who's danced with the Prince of Wales
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educational, enlightening and entertaining
11 December 2010 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

I have long wanted to see this series, having only read Royal Feud so far as background. I watched the first half, then as there was a delay in obtaining the second half, I read the book written by the Duchess of Windsor, The Heart has its reasons. Now I have just finished the second half and feel that I have had a well-rounded view of what went on. I did feel (contrary to what previous reviewers have said) that maybe it missed a few things and could perhaps have been longer!

I have always felt instinctively that Wallis Simpson had a raw deal. She has been cast by history as a manipulator, a gold-digger and a not-very-nice kind of woman. Well history is always written by the victors as we have long known - Richard III's story is evidence of that

  • and there is nothing to really support that. I feel sad that so much


power has been wielded by churches over the centuries, (I'm not the first as Henry VIII shows) because without the censure from the Archbishop of Canterbury maybe some other way could have been found. However, this man loved this woman and made a grand gesture, and we hope, lived happily ever after. It was a huge burden to put on one woman's shoulders but she bore it with dignity to the end of her days.

The series was extremely well-done, the acting faultless and the writing most likely very accurate to historical fact. (I did think that some of the furnishings looked a bit shabby). I am British and I remember being told by older family members what a shocking and awful thing Edward/David had done. I don't agree - sometimes you have to do what for you is right, and he did. I admire him for that. Ironically, the late Queen Mother was rumoured to have fancied Edward/David first unsuccessfully; well if she wanted to be queen, then she got her wish. Just shows you should never wish for anything! With the perspective of the 21st century, it's good to see that society has slowly become more accepting and less judgemental. Thoroughly enjoyable to all who enjoy history being brought to life.


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